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Chrissy Teigen calls for Twitter bosses to crack down on hate speech

Chrissy Teigen has urged Twitter executives to do more to protect users from those spreading "hate speech".

Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones declared she was quitting Twitter on Monday (18Jul16) because she could no longer cope with the hateful and disturbing messages she was receiving.


Fans and friends started the hashtag #LoveForLeslieJ in a show of support and model Chrissy messaged the official Twitter account to tell them they should be doing more to stop the online abuse.


"I love you, @Twitter," she wrote. "I love you so much. But please get it together. Stand up for your users who deserve better... At the least, delete the account. ANYTHING to show you give a damn would be nice."


She then warned her followers against telling her to grow a thicker skin because they have no idea how much abuse a famous person experiences, and clarifies that she was talking about nasty hate speech rather than random trolls.


"Maybe I'll quit everything, move up to San Fran and sit at Twitter HQ & do it myself," she continued. "But who will be an idiot on lip sync battle (her show) if not me."


When a user pointed out the trolls with just come back with new accounts, Chrissy replied, "For me, it's more about Twitter at least pretending to care. I know these people will always exist.


"Sorry I really don't want to sound whiney here. I can take the random jabs - it's not about that. It's the accounts that post things like: explicitly making violent threats. defamation by way of fake tweets. photos of black men hanging from trees. I see it all... "


Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted Leslie asking her to message him privately to discuss the issue and a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News they had "taken action" on many of accounts reported by Leslie and they are investing heavily to improve ways to prevent abuse. The spokesperson added, "We realize we still have a lot of work in front of us before Twitter is where it should be on how we handle these issues."