Twitter, 'A Graveyard Of Bullies', Will Close Down In Five Years, Says Chetan Bhagat

"Mob-like mentality."

17/10/2016 3:31 PM IST | Updated 17/10/2016 4:49 PM IST
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Bestselling author Chetan Bhagat, who has often been the target of social media trolls, feels Twitter has become a "graveyard of bullies". Hitting out at Twitterati who gang up against celebrities, he says their actions stem from a "mob-like mentality".

"It has become a graveyard of bullies. Trolls have made Twitter negative to a point where celebrities have stopped talking much on the platform," Bhagat told PTI.

According to him, celebrities are increasingly shifting to other social platforms like Instagram to avoid the "negativity", predicting that Twitter's end is round the corner.

"I think Twitter is going to suffer and in five years it will close down like Orkut and Myspace. Because, people are moving to platforms like Instagram. "Only writers and media persons are there. All actors and other celebrities are gone. They are on Instagram now!" says the writer, who has close to 9 million followers on Twitter.

Talking about his tweets on the Uri attack and subsequently on the surgical strikes, the 42-year-old author feels that social media is a space that must be used for free speech.

"Writers are supposed to say what they feel is right. Sometimes it could be pro, sometimes anti-government. Writers who say I am only going to take an anti-government position are stupid. When my government does corruption I will speak against it but when they are retaliating on a terrorist attack I will support them," he says.

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