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Celebrities consider quitting Twitter as Elon Musk takes over

New Twitter owner Elon Musk talks about SpaceX on August 28.  25 in Boca Chica Beach, Texas.  (Photo: Michael Gonzalez/Getty Images)

New Twitter owner Elon Musk talks about SpaceX on August 28. 25 in Boca Chica Beach, Texas. (Photo: Michael Gonzalez/Getty Images)

Since its launch in 2006, Twitter has been buzzing with daily news, so it’s no surprise that the social media company itself has been a hot topic lately.

This follows Elon Musk completing his $44 billion purchase from the company in the last days of October, which was accompanied by changes in direction and Strategies. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO made an offer to buy Twitter in April, saying he wanted to promote free speech and end Twitter’s permanent ban on certain users.

Once he took office, Musk fired thousands of people, tried to set up a subscription system and announced his intention to create a “content moderation boardon the social network. He also conducted a survey asking if former President Donald Trump should be allowed back – he had been banned for inciting violence in January. 6 attack on the capital – and eventually reinstated it.

Musk noted early in his tenure that rapper Kanye West’s account had been “restored by Twitter before the acquisition” and without his knowledge. West, also known as Ye, was reportedly locked out In October, after making anti-Semitic comments, whose site was blocked after being seen. West was back on Twitter in November. 2, even though he was suspended again in early December after publishing an anti-Semitic message known to incite violence.

After the takeover of Musk, dozens of additional employees left the company following his demands for them to work harder with a reduced staff. As #RIPTwitter has begun to declare a trend, some familiar faces — or at least household names — have signaled their intent to quit or take a break from the platform.

Elton John announced his departure in December. 9.

“All my life I have tried to use music to bring people together,” the singer and activist wrote. “Yet it saddens me to see how misinformation is now being used to divide our world. I have decided to stop using Twitter, given their recent policy change that will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked. “

Rapper Meek Mill joined John in signing, as there were “too many bots and weird people”. He reportedly announced Dec. 18 that he would deactivate his account and post on YouTube instead and hoped for a new social media app where there would be “more good vibes”.

Actress Jameela Jamil predicted in April that she would leave because Twitter would become “an anarchic space of bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia”, and she actually stopped posting in October.

In November. On December 29, actor Jim Carrey said goodbye with a cartoon based on his painting of “a crazed old lighthouse keeper, standing naked in a storm, calling on the angels and shining his lamp to guide us through a dangerous night”.

Nine Inch Nails singer-turned-Oscar-winning composer Trent Reznor said in a Nov. 19 interview with the hollywood journalist that he was leaving.

“I’m about to leave. We don’t need the arrogance of the billionaire class to feel like they can just come in and fix everything. Even without him, I find it’s become such a toxic environment,” he said. said. “For my sanity, I need to disconnect. I don’t feel good being there anymore.”

Musk tweeted that Reznor was a “crybaby,” but he’s actually gone.

Rocker Jack White was absent after Trump’s return. “Absolutely disgusting, Elon,” he tweeted.

The account that belonged to Musk’s ex Amber Heard, @RealAmberHeard, has completely disappeared.

Another actress, Whoopi Goldberg, said Nov. 2. 7 out View she disconnected. And she did.

“I’m leaving today because I just feel like it’s so messy, and I’m tired of having certain types of stuck attitudes right now,” Goldberg said. “So I’ll go out, and if it calms down enough and I feel more comfortable, maybe I’ll come back. But as of tonight, I’m done with Twitter.”

Gigi Hadid took to her Instagram Stories to explain that she had deactivated her Twitter account. “Especially with its new leadership it is increasingly becoming a cesspool of hate and bigotry,” she wrote, according to CBS. She said she connected with many fans on the site and wanted to be a part of it, however, “I can’t say it’s a safe place for anyone, or a social platform which will do more good than harm.”

Earlier, musicians Toni Braxton and Sara Bareilles, along with producer Shonda Rhimes, said they were out of there.

Braxton noted that she was “shocked and appalled” by the “freedom of speech” she was seeing following Musk’s arrival.

“Hate speech under the veil of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable; therefore, I choose to stay off Twitter as it is no longer a safe space for me, my sons and fellow POCs,” she tweeted.

Singer Liz Phair deactivated her account on November 2. 11.

These celebrities weren’t the only ones.

Actress Téa Leoni seems to have deleted her account. According to BNC News, she last tweeted in October. 29: “Hi everyone. I’m leaving Twitter today — let’s see where we are when the dust settles. Today the dust revealed too much hate, too much in the wrong direction. Love, kindness and possibilities for you all .”

Bill and Ted star Alex Winter, It’s us executive producer Ken Olin and Billions Showrunner Brian Koppelman also clarified that they are leaving the Twitterverse.

Winter’s bio was changed to “Not here yet” and her posts were deleted. By The Hollywood Reporterat one point he only posted a meme of Musk, Trump, and Ye (aka Kanye West) as the Three Musketeers.

Olin announced “I’m out of here” on October 16. 28, noting: “Protect our democracy.

As for Koppelman, he tweeted, according to THR“Y’all are for real come find me on instagram and tok. I’ll really try to breathe from here for a minute or a month as the time nears.”

Disney star Josh Gad explained he was unsure whether or not to stay.

“Prone to stay”, the Frozen posted, “but if today is a sign of things to come, I don’t know what the point is. Free speech is great. Hate speech meant to cite evil, (without consequences) no is not what I signed.”

He retweeted a press release announcing that 40 civil society groups were demanding that major Twitter advertisers stop supporting the site “if Elon Musk continues to undermine brand and user safety.”

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