More and more, public figures with large platforms are leaving social media to escape negative reactions, backlash and hate speech over their work. Will Poulter, star of Netflix’s recent Black Mirror special “Bandersnatch,” is the latest to take a break. The star posted yesterday that he was leaving Twitter.
Poulter wrote: “In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter. Before I do, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has watched Bandersnatch and for their responses (whatever they may be) to the material we created. I accept all criticisms and it’s been a delight to learn that so many of you enjoyed what many people worked very hard to produce.”
You can read the full note here:
With love… pic.twitter.com/JSm7oNLTsV
— Will Poulter (@PoulterWill) January 2, 2019
Poulter said he would continue his social media partnerships with organizations like the Anti-Bullying Programme, so his exit from Twitter will not come at the expense of his outreach and work for social causes. We haven’t seen many exits take this route, and it’s a laudable move from someone who’s taking a break “in the interest of my mental health.” Pretty neat.