Tom Hanks explains why he decided to leave Twitter after a decade on the social network
It is clear that Twitter is a social network where brotherly love and empathy are in short supply, especially if the person tweeting is some kind of public figure. Many have been the celebrities who have discovered this over the years and, while some decide to close their accounts for good, others simply abandon them.
The latter has been the option that actor Tom Hanks decided to take in his day, who, despite keeping his account open with more than 16 million followers, has not tweeted anything since May 2020. Asked about this abandonment during an interview with The New York Times, Hanks gives two main reasons for this decision.
“I stopped tweeting for two reasons, the first, it was a completely meaningless exercise. I got enough attention on myself without wanting more. And second, because every time I posted something stupid like ‘look, a pair of shoes I ran into on the street,’ the third comment was always something like “[insult], Hanks.”
” I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep giving this type of person any more of a bargaining chip. And since it was very common that the third comment to what I wrote was always something like “[insult] Obama-worshipping commie,” I realized I didn’t need any of this,” explains the actor who was, however, very active on his Twitter profile before deciding to abandon it.
In fact, before not writing anything on the social network again, Hanks used it to inform all his followers of his health condition, as well as that of his wife Rita Wilson, when both were infected with Covid-19 at the beginning of the pandemic. Although he stopped tweeting in 2020, Hanks has been on Twitter for more than a decade, having joined in June 2009.
Hanks is currently in the midst of promoting Elvis, his latest film with director Baz Luhrman, in which he plays one of his first villain-tinged roles of his career.