Rajdeep Sardesai On “Twitter Detox” After His Account Was Hacked

Rajdeep Sardesai responds to the alleged hacking of his Twitter handle, following which he deactivated his account.

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Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. (Photo Courtesy: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rajdeepsardesai/timeline">Facebook page of Rajdeep Sardesai</a>)

Rajdeep Sardesai has responded to the alleged hacking of his Twitter account which was followed by a voluntary deactivation of his Twitter handle.

The account was deactivated after offensive messages were sent from his account. After screenshots of the messages were posted, Sardesai faced flak on Twitter and elsewhere. He calls the deactivation a welcomed detoxification from social media.

Here’s what he had to say.

“Had Reached Breaking Point With Social Media”

Two days ago, I temporarily disabled my Twitter account. It was a decision taken because, frankly, I had reached breaking point with social media. To be subject to a concerted campaign of lies and abuse on a daily basis is not very pleasant, especially when they try and drag in your wife and kids. I joined Twitter five years ago because my friend Sushmit Sarkar told me it is the future in a media 360 age. I must confess over the years I became a Twitter addict. And the addiction I now realise was self-destructive: when you latch your thoughts to 140 characters, when your self-image is determined by Twitter opinion and even number of followers, then you know that you are in trouble. I even tried to engage with the so called haters, but have sadly realised that there is no space for engagement: Twitter lives in a ‘them’ versus ‘us’ black and white universe with no space for sanity or dialogue.
Rajdeep Sardesai

Time for a “Twitter Detox”

So a Twitter detox has begun: I don’t know how long it will last, but I must confess to having had a good morning without pouring through my timeline and getting my blood pressure up. Not that the abuse has stopped: someone put up my number on a public facebook page and since yesterday I have received calls a minute, WhatsApp messages designed to threaten, intimidate and even promise death! I will file a police complaint but not sure what good it will do.
Rajdeep Sardesai

“Anyone Can Say Anything in the Name of Free Speech and Bhakti”

In the social media space, anyone can say anything without any restraint. All in the name of free speech and open society(and, of course, Bhakti!). The latest canard being spread is that I got money in the AgustaWestland deal and even a flat in Colaba!! Wow! If this isn’t utterly Goebbelsian, then I don’t know what is. We live in difficult times and I must confess that I feel deeply troubled by the toxicity in the air. Which is why I need oxygen: hopefully, family, friends, cricket and music will provide it. It is time to breathe again!! 😄
Rajdeep Sardesai

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