Lena Dunham Explains Why She Quit Twitter But Not Instagram
Lena Dunham has been vocal about stepping away from Twitter, but said she's taken refuge from the haters on Instagram.
"The presence of images and no character limits creates a much less toxic environment," she said of Instagram on stage at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit, sitting next to the company's founder and C.E.O. Kevin Systrom. "The environment [on Twitter] became so hostile that it couldn’t possibly be okay for me to be reading this stuff," she said.
Trolls do exist on Instagram, of course, and no one takes greater pleasure in ratting them out than she does.
"I love reporting people. It’s my main source of power. There's no reason I should be spending so much time reporting people except that it’s such a fucking joy," she said.
There is one hater Dunham has gentler feelings toward — a 9-year-old girl who commented on one of Dunham's posts, calling her a "whore." The child misspelled the insult, sending Dunham down the rabbit hole of this girl’s own Instagram account, which she said was a collection of videos of her chilling in her house, doing fake British accents, and eating chicken nuggets.
"If you're a 9 year old who has the wherewithal to find me and call me a whore, I'm all about you," she said.
Yahoo's Katie Couric, who moderated the panel, said she, too, has many trolls on Twitter, but just a few on Instagram. She asked Systrom why it is a gentler platform.
"We get rid of people on our platform who were causing trouble. We tried to set a tone that Instagram wasn't a place for that and we invest heavily in that," he said. "Images are just positive. It's hard to be negative with an image."
The conversation, unsurprisingly, turned to nudity, and Instagram's policy to keep exposed nipples off the app. Systrom said there "have been discussions" about an R-rated Instagram, "but even then, the question becomes, who decides what’s R-rated?"
Dunham, for her part, said she has yet to feel constrained by the nudity policy.
"There are other things I’m worried about," she said.
Watch Lena Dunham in the video above talk about her childhood and growing up. Watch her full MAKERS profile here.
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