Monica Lewinsky calls for a more compassionate internet

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:09 GMT, Mar 20, 2015 |

Monica Lewinsky has taken to the stage at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference to call for a more compassionate internet.

The former White House intern’s love affair with President Bill Clinton made headlines around the world in 1998.

Describing herself as one of the first victims of cyberbullying, she said the internet had created a culture where people enjoyed viewing other’s shame online.

Her speech received a standing ovation.

It is only the second time she has spoken publicly since disappearing from the public eye in 2005. In October she spoke at Forbes’ Under 30 Summit.

She began her speech by joking she was the only 40-something who did not wish to be 22 again.