Celebrities Consider Quitting Twitter If Elon Musk Takes Over

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

Since launching in 2006, Twitter has been packed with the news of the day, so it’s no surprise that the social media company itself has been a hot topic of late.

This follows Elon Musk just before the completion of his $44 billion purchase of the company in the final days of October, which was accompanied by leadership changes guidelines. The head of Tesla and SpaceX made an offer to buy Twitter in April, saying he wants to promote freedom of expression and end Twitter’s permanent ban on some users, which is possible include former President Donald Trump.

When he took over the company, Musk published a series of posts about what would happen in the transition.

“Twitter will form a Content Moderation Council with very different viewpoints,” he wrote. “No major content decisions or account restorations will be made before this council meets,” he added, adding that no such changes have yet been made.

Musk also noted that rapper Yes’s account was “restored by pre-acquisition Twitter” without his knowledge. Ye (better known as Kanye West) was reportedly banned from his account in October after posting anti-Semitic comments there, which the site blocked after being seen. On November 2, however, he was ready to tweet again.

Meanwhile, a few familiar faces – or at least familiar names – declared their intention to leave the platform or take a break.

Musk’s ex Amber Heard’s account, @RealAmberHeard, has disappeared.

Whoopi Goldberg said on Nov. 7 The view that she unsubscribes.

“I’m getting off today because I feel like it’s so messy and I’m tired of certain types of settings being blocked now to get back on now,” Goldberg said. “So I’m going to get out, and when it’s settled enough and I’m more comfortable, maybe I’ll come back. But as of tonight, I’m done with Twitter.”

Gigi Hadid explained in her Instagram Stories that she deactivated her Twitter account. “Especially with his new leadership, it’s becoming more and more of a cesspool of hate and bigotry,” she wrote, according to CBS. She said she’s connected to a lot of fans on the site and wants to be a part of it, but “I can’t say it’s a safe place for anyone, nor a social platform, which does more good than harm.”

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

Braxton noted that she was “shocked and appalled” by the “free speech” she saw following Musk’s arrival.

“Hate speech under the veil of ‘freedom of speech’ is unacceptable; so i choose to stay away from twitter as it is no longer a safe place for me, my sons and other POC,” she tweeted.

They weren’t the only ones.

The actress Téa Leoni has apparently completely deleted her account. According to NBC News, she last tweeted on Oct. 29: “Hello everyone. Coming from Twitter today – let’s see where we are when the dust settles. Today the dust revealed too much hatred, too much in the wrong direction. Love, kindness and opportunities for you all.”

And there were others. Bill & Teddy star Alex Winter, This is us Executive Producer Ken Olin and billion Showrunner Brian Koppelman made it clear that they are leaving the Twitterverse. Disney star Josh Gad says he’s considering exit.

Winter’s bio was changed to “Not here at the moment” and his posts were deleted. Per The Hollywood Reporterhe once just posted a meme of Musk, Trump, and Ye (aka Kanye West) as the Three Musketeers.

On October 28, Olin reportedly announced, “I’m out of here,” noting, “Let’s protect our democracy.”

As for Koppelman, he tweeted loudly THR“You all, really, come and find me on Instagram and the tok. I’ll really try to take a breather from here for a minute or a month when the deal is finalized.”

Gad stated that he wasn’t sure if he would stay or not.

“I tend to stay,” he wrote, “but if today is any sign of what’s to come, I’m not sure what the point is.” Free speech is great I signed up.”

He retweeted a press release announcing that 40 civil society groups are demanding that Twitter’s top advertisers stop supporting the site “if Elon Musk continues to undermine brand and user safety.” He also amplified a tweet by Stephen King opposing Musk’s plan to charge users for verified status.

At the same time, actor and director Rob Reiner asked his followers to stay tuned to Twitter for the November 8 election.

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