Actor-politician Khushbu Sundar quit Twitter on Tuesday over the growing negativity on the social media site. The actor, who has over a million followers on the platform, told TNM that it was a move to preserve her own sanity. The actor has frequently been the target of sexist and Islamophobic abuse on the platform and is well-known for deftly putting down trolls on Twitter.
Speaking to TNM, she said, â€śThe negativity on Twitter was consuming me. I was becoming who I am not. I had to [quit] for my own sanity and keep it intact. I am not somebody who quits because of the trolls. For me, as a person, it is important that I remain who I am.â€ť
In April 2018, Khushbu changed her name on Twitter to â€śkhushbusundar..and it's NAKHAT KHAN for the BJP..â€ť to give it back to supporters of the national ruling party who regularly harassed and trolled her with her alias. She is currently a national spokesperson for the Congress party.
When asked if she needed to be on the platform to be in touch with her political supporters, she asked, â€śWhich leaders were made through Twitter? None of the leaders we look up to, even the most well-known among them, were built on Twitter. So itâ€™s not necessary.â€ť
Calling for regulatory oversight over abuse on the platform, especially against women, Khushbu says, â€śRegulation definitely needs to be brought in. You say that there is democracy. If you use your democratic powers to abuse me, I should be given the same powers to do the same to you. Just because I am a celebrity or a politician does not mean I should not be able to enjoy the perks of being in a democratic country.â€ť
â€śI keep giving interviews. I am in constant touch with the press. If there is anything important, people will get to know. There have always been ways of conveying messages to the people. You donâ€™t have to be on a social platform,â€ť she says on remaining in touch.
Moreover, the actor is still available on Instagram. â€śThe negativity hasnâ€™t engulfed Insta as yet. I continue to be there,â€ť she adds.