CNN Star Breaks Up With 'Mean,' 'Gross' Twitter: 'I Won't Miss You for a Second'
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CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota is "breaking up" with Twitter after an eight-year relationship with the social network.

The co-anchor of "New Day" wrote a lengthy CNN column to explain why she's deactivating her account: it's become "a cesspool of spleen-venting from people who think it's acceptable to insult other people in public and anonymously."

"It's over. I'm breaking up with you," Camerota wrote. "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 said she believed the platform would be "an agent for good in the world" and one that would "help build a community," but the "abuse" became too much to bear.

"You're a shadow of your former self, the one I was first attracted to. It's no fun to be with you anymore," she wrote. "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."

But the letter wasn't all bad. Camerota reminisced on the days when "a nice, thoughtful person [would] sneak through with a positive comment or constructive criticism," and she thanked the users who stood up for her and "fought the trolls" on her behalf.

Then the blame game started.

"Of course, some of this is my fault," Camerota continued. "I've been leading you on. I've made you think I like you more than I really do. The truth is, I haven't cared about you for a long time -- in fact, I've been avoiding you. I go weeks at a time without reading you, leaving you to prattle on thinking you have my attention -- or worse, stew in your own nasty juices, yelling in all caps, imagining that I'm listening. But I'm not. I checked out long ago, when you became a buzzkill and a bore."

"I don't like thinking of people using you, typing away with nothing but a keyboard and a chip on their shoulder, but that's the company you're keeping," she continued. "You're hanging out with people who find satisfaction spewing vitriol, people who spread racism, misogyny, and anti-Semitism. Perhaps it's worse than I know. Maybe you're struggling with addiction: addiction to outrage. It's a powerful drug. I wish I could help you kick it. I feel its pull sometimes too. But I don't want to be sucked in. All I can do is save myself from the bitter dark places where you like to dwell."

Camerota didn't end her letter without making sure Twitter knew its chances of her returning were slim.

"So listen, Twitter, maybe sometime in the distant future, we can be friends again. Maybe you'll become more thoughtful, and I'll be excited to see your icon on my screen again. But I'm not hopeful. Until then, I'm logging off, killing my account. And know this -- I won't miss you for a second."


Interestingly enough, Camerota's co-anchor, Chris Cuomo, is somewhat of a Twitter fiend, often engaging in debates with fans and critics online. Since joining in 2009, Cuomo has tweeted more than 71,000 times and acquired 1.2 million followers.

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