Celebrities are speaking out and leaving Twitter as a result of Elon Musk’s takeover of the platform.
Elon Musk has officially taken over Twitter after vacillating about whether he was buying it or not, and has since made the “most expensive joke in history.”
The Tesla CEO paid $44 billion (£38 billion) for Twitter despite announcing his intention to pull out of the deal and facing a lawsuit from the social networking site.
The drama appears to have gotten too much for some celebrities, with many deciding that now is the time to pack their belongings and leave the platform.
Despite Musk’s apparent hesitancy in acquiring Twitter, he’s been much more aggressive in his actions since taking over the platform.
The SpaceX CEO has reportedly fired top executives, and Kanye West’s Twitter account has been restored – despite Musk’s claim that he had nothing to do with it.
In any case, many celebrity Twitter users have had enough and have left the platform in protest.
Musk’s recent tweets since acquiring Twitter, such as “Finally, the truth that carbs are amazing can be said on this platform!” are not amusing. Celebrities such as US television screenwriter Shonda Rhimes – the head writer on Grey’s Anatomy – have announced their departure from the social media site under the hashtag #FreeSpeech.
Rhimes stated: “I’m not interested in whatever Elon has planned. Bye.”
Ken Olin, from the television series Thirtysomething (1987), also stated that he would be ‘out of here.’
She stated: “Hello everyone, I’m leaving. “There will be no judgement.” ” Let us not lose hope. Let us defend our democracy. Let us try to be gentler.
“Let us make an effort to save the planet. Let us make an effort to be more generous. Let us look for peace in the world.”
Alex Winter, the Bill and Ted actor, appears to have left the platform after tweets criticizing Musk – his account is no longer accessible.
Josh Gad, from Modern Family, is also debating whether or not to leave the platform.
He stated: “This platform is experiencing a mass exodus. “I’m not sure if I should stay or not.” ” I’m leaning toward staying, but if today is any indication, I’m not sure what the point is.
“The right to free expression is wonderful. Hate speech meant to incite violence (with no consequences) is not what I signed up for.”
Gad’s tweet comes after a 500% increase in the use of the n-word since Musk took over the platform.