Monica Lewinsky aims to end cyberbullying, so joins Twitter

The former White House intern broke her silence on her affair with Bill Clinton earlier this year

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The Independent Online

Ladies and gentlemen, Monica Lewinsky is on a quest to end cyberbullying so has decided to join Twitter.

She has been a member of the social media channel for less than two hours and already has over 10,000 followers, who are presumably hoping for the 41-year-old to share details from her much-publicised presidential past.

So what can we learn from her Twitter stint so far?

She has described herself as a social activist, public speaker, contributor to Vanity Fair, (a reference to the piece she wrote for the magazine in May, detailing life following the Bill Clinton scandal), as well as, unpredictably and most mysteriously, a “knitter of things without sleeves” - perhaps gloves, socks or gilets.

Her somewhat limited first tweet offered little insight into her mind:



The “public speaker” aspect alludes to her first public address, made today at Forbes’ inaugural 30 Under 30 summit in Philadelphia, where she pledged to help end cyberbullying describing herself as “the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet”.

Lewinsky’s 1998 affair with Clinton led to his eventual impeachment that same year.

In her speech she said that although Twitter, Instagram or Facebook didn’t yet exist, “there were gossip, news and entertainment websites replete with comment sections and emails which could be forwarded.”

“Of course, it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial up,” she said.

“Yet around the world this story went. A viral phenomenon that, you could argue, was the first moment of truly ‘social media’.”

She also said that she was “in love” with Clinton and their affair was “everything” to her. However, she now wants to put her “suffering to good use” and help end internet shaming.

“Staring at the computer screen, I spent the day shouting: ‘oh my god!’ and ‘I can’t believe they put that in’ or ‘That’s so out of context,’” she said of the time following the scandal. “And those were the only thoughts that interrupted a relentless mantra in my head: ‘I want to die.’”

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