She’s back! Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei made her big return to Twitter after she quit the social media site last month due to racist cyberbullies.
The 20-year-old joined forces with the non-profit Cybersmile Foundation, which offers support to victims of online abuse, as their diversity ambassador on Tuesday, September 13.
— Normani (@Normani) September 13, 2016
“Unfortunately, there is a lot of abuse and negativity online,” Kordei said in a press release. “By working with Cybersmile, I want to raise awareness of the support that is available to people affected while playing my part in contributing to a kinder and more positive internet for everybody.”
The “Work From Home” singer said that she won’t let the trolls silence her any longer. “No one has the right to make where you go or what you do uncomfortable,” she said. “It’s important to stand up to all forms of bullying, and it’s even more important for those who are around you to be just as courageous and stand with you! Together, we can put an end to the hate and promote only positivity and love.”
Back on August 6, the pop star penned a lengthy note to her fans explaining her decision to leave Twitter. “I’ve never been one to deny anyone of their opinions, but over the course of this last week and especially over the last 48 hours, I’ve not just been cyberbullied, I’ve been racially cyberbullied with tweets and pictures so horrific and racially charged that I can’t subject myself any longer to the hate,” she wrote. “I’m not the first black female celebrity to deal with this and I’m sure I won’t be the last. I want to take this moment to say Love goes much further than hate in this world. Hiding behind a computer and putting people down, especially for the color off their skin doesn’t make you cool, it makes you a coward.”
Kordei’s friends — including Camila Cabello and Becky G — shared their support on social media following the incident. Earlier this summer, Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones also experienced racist online attacks and quit Twitter before making a return to live-tweet from the Rio Olympics.
As part of Kordei’s campaign, she’s encouraging victims to share their stories with her by using the hashtag #CyberSmileStandsByMe.
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