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After rumors began about Halle Berry’s bulging belly on the red carpet of the 16th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball earlier this month, the Internet instantly speculated about who Halle Berry‘s baby daddy may be.

Although the Oscar winning actress revealed she is not pregnant, she also slammed the silliness of social media. During an appearance at Cannes Lions Festival in France on Tuesday, Halle griped about how the Internet can quickly spread rumors about her personal life.

She said, “If I am having dinner with a friend, and a man comes up and asks to take a picture, most times I will always say, ‘Of course!’ But then that person posts the picture on social media as if I am dating that person, and suddenly I am dating, like, 100 people. It seems silly, but I think that is frustrating [about] social media.”

The mom of two continued, “Social media is empowering in many ways, but the part that is concerning for me, especially with my personal brand, is that that power can be misused. It can be a brand killer.” As a small resolution for the dramas of social media, Halle announced that she is relaunching Halleworld, her fan site that ran in the early 2000s, with hopes that it will lead to an open forum where constructive conversations can happen.

She told The Hollywood Reporter, “What makes America great is that we have the right to have an opinion, we have the right to agree to disagree, but I think we do need a place today for people to come together and have real conversation. Based on where we are now with this great divide in our country, and it’s my obligation as an artist, to start providing that forum for people to talk things out and bring us a little bit closer.”

Good point, Halle!

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