Rutgers School of Public Health exits Twitter over 'unrestricted and unmitigated hate speech and discrimination'

The Rutgers School of Public Health has left Twitter after what it calls "unrestricted and unmitigated hate speech and discrimination" on the social media platform.

"As a school that espouses zero tolerance for harassment and discrimination, we've made the decision to leave," the Piscataway, N.J., institution tweeted Dec. 6. "While our school's account will remain a digital relic, we will no longer be active. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn."

The school's decision follows Elon Musk's takeover of the company and subsequent reinstatement of previously banned public figures and removal of warnings about COVID-19 misinformation.

"We know that hate and discrimination — including ableism, ageism, homophobia, misogyny, racism, sexism, transphobia, xenophobia, and myriad other oppressive prejudices — undermine the health of people and populations, which goes against our ethos as a leading public health institution," the school said in a Dec. 6 news release. "Simply put, we will not contribute to an entity that actively jeopardizes people's health by propagating false information and elevating hateful voices."


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