Lena Dunham: Here's Why Someone Else Tweets for Me

Twitter 'wasn't a safe space for me'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2015 10:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – Lena Dunham still has a Twitter account, but she doesn't actually use it herself—or even know the password. "I don’t look at Twitter anymore. I have a really great person [who tweets]. I tweet, but I do it through someone else," Dunham told Kara Swisher on an episode of Re/code Radio this week, per Entertainment Weekly. "I didn’t want to cut off my relationship to it completely, but it really truly wasn’t a safe space for me," she continued, echoing remarks she'd first made in January about her relationship with the social media site.

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"I think even if you think you can separate yourself from the kind of verbal violence that’s being directed at you, that it creates some really kind of cancerous stuff inside you," Dunham continued. "Even if you think, ‘Oh, I can read like 10 mentions that say I should be stoned to death,’ and kind of laugh and move on. That’s verbal abuse. Those aren’t words you’d accept in an interpersonal relationship. And those aren’t words that should be directed to you, ever. For me, personally, it was safer to stop." On Wednesday, Dunham (or rather, the person who tweets for her) tweeted, "Not that it's anything to be so proud of, but I do still compose my own tweets ... I still appreciate your time and love, even if I'm not checking my replies." (Read more Lena Dunham stories.)

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