Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Explains Why He Left Twitter

July 31st, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

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Trent Reznor has made a brief return to social networking, hitting up the safe confines of his message boards to tell fans why he left the savage world of Twitter. As Rock Daily previously reported, Reznor unceremoniously deleted his Twitter account a few weeks back with no explanation. Prior to the deletion, Reznor talked about ditching Twitter because, simply, “Idiots rule.” As Reznor reiterated in his post, it was the trolling that made Twitter insufferable for him and caused the sudden end of @trent_reznor.

“Yes, I deleted my account and I’ll explain why since somehow someone apparently thinks this is newsworthy,” Reznor writes. (Ed. Note: Guilty.) “Around the time news broke of my engagement, a faction of troublemakers showed up whose sole intent was to disrupt, harass, insult and incite.” Reznor recently announced his engagement to West Indian Girl singer Mariqueen Mandaag, and writes that his Twitter was reply-spammed with harassing responses — everything from racist slurs to wishes he would overdose. “YES — I could (and did) block them,” he notes, “but everyone else reading my replies sees ALL of that nonsense.” Reznor goes on to write that the faulty Replies function, or the @, allowed for a constant spamming that eventually inundated his account.

But the real breaking point came following the death of Eric De La Cruz, a fan for whom Reznor helped raise nearly a million dollars to fund a heart transplant. Reznor pinpoints one person who wrote “someone got balls at last! Hey, can I have some of that #Eric money? The dude’s dead, he doesn’t need it lol.” Since all #Eric posts appear on the WeLoveEric Website, Reznor had to explain to De La Cruz’s sister Veronica that that’s the sad state of Twitter...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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