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Munroe Bergdorf deletes Twitter account over 'daily abuse': 'It's not safe for trans people'

"No one should have to endure even a fraction of the abuse that I am exposed to and have to put up with on a daily basis."

2021-02-15

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Attitude/Markus Bidaux

Munroe Bergorf has deleted her Twitter account after suffering torrential transphobic abuse.

The trans activist announced the move on Instagram this weekend.

In a statement on Saturday [13 February 2021], the model said “no one should have to do endure even a fraction" of the abuse she is targeted with on a daily basis.

“Tired of being a punching bag”

Tagging Twitter in the post, the 33-year-old said: “Deleted my @Twitter account.

“No one should have to endure even a fraction of the abuse that I am exposed to and have to put up with on a daily basis.

“At what point are social media companies going to clamp down on the transphobia on these apps?

“If you can design algorithms to identify Covud-19 vaccine misinformation, then you can combat transphobia.

“It’s clearly a matter of won’t, rather than can’t.

 
 
 
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“Tired of being a punchbag.

“Twitter is not a safe app for transgender people.”

Attitude has approached Munroe for comment.

A Twitter spokesperson referred Attitude to Twitter's 'Hateful Conduct Policy', saying: "Twitter prohibits targeting individuals with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category. This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals."

"I thought I wouldn’t be able to do half the things I’ve achieved because of my gender identity"

Back in December, Munroe won the Hero Award at the 2020 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar, and appeared on the cover of Attitude's awards issue.

Reflecting on her activism, she told us in an interview: "I want to help be the catalyst in inspiring young people to aim high and not feel like they can’t do something because of their identity. I genuinely thought I wouldn’t be able to do half the things I’ve achieved because of my gender identity. I just thought that that was my way because I hadn’t seen it.

"If young people can see the possibility of what you can achieve, hopefully they can then achieve more things, that my generation haven’t been able to."