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CNN’s Camerota Says Goodbye to Twitter: ‘You’ve Become Mean and Verbally Abusive’

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• July 12, 2017 3:28 pm

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CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota announced in an op-ed Wednesday that she is "breaking up" with Twitter because the social media platform has become "mean and verbally abusive."

"It's over. I'm breaking up with you," Camerota wrote on CNN's website. "I know, it's sad. We've been together a long time. Remember my first tweet in May 2009? "Happy Mother's Day!" My God, listen to how hopeful I sounded."

Camerota, a former Fox News host, said that she created a Twitter account back in 2009 in order to connect to people and build a community among her followers, but she said that something happened to Twitter.

"But something's happened to you. You're a shadow of your former self, the one I was first attracted to," Camerota wrote. "It's no fun to be with you anymore. You've become mean and verbally abusive. In fact, you gross me out. You're a cesspool of spleen-venting from people who think it's acceptable to insult other people in public and anonymously."

She went on to say that she is done with Twitter and moving onto something "real and lasting" without "48 million bots."

"I prefer my real friends over fake humanoids run by computers and true trolls filled with genuine venom," she wrote. "Call me old fashioned, but I like hearing viewers' real thoughts, not the ones special interest groups pay them to tweet."

"I'm logging off, killing my account. And know this—I won't miss you for a second," Camerota concluded.

Camerota co-hosts "New Day" on weekdays with Chris Cuomo, who is an avid tweeter. He often responds to supporters and critics directly on the social media platform.

CNN has been under scrutiny for several months, dating back to the 2016 campaign. Trump has clashed with the news network for what he calls its slanted news coverage of his administration. He has called CNN "fake news" and recently even called the network "fraud news." Trump's supporters have echoed these sentiments in their criticism of CNN.