Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter has led to some celebrities pledging to leave the social network.
The Tesla founder successfully acquired the social media site on Monday (April 25) for approximately $44 billion (£34.5 billion). As a result, Twitter will now be a privately owned company.
Hours before the announcement, billionaire Musk urged his “worst critics” to stay on Twitter. However, many of the site’s users were reacting to the news of the sale by announcing that they would be giving up their accounts.
The first high-profile star to say she’s leaving the catwalk was Jamila Jamil, who said she feared how the environment would change under Musk’s ownership.
Meanwhile, there were some who criticized Musk, vowing to stay on the podium in order to “stay in the fight.” Others’ accounts have been reactivated after being banned for breaking rules when Twitter was owned by Jack Dorsey.
Azealia Banks and Tucker Carlston are back on the site after being banned from posting, while Ice Cube – who has account restrictions – expressed his delight at having a new Twitter owner, writing: “Finally free! [Elon Musk] Take off my friend’s shadow ban…”
Here is a full list of all the celebrities who have said or suggested they might be leaving Twitter in the wake of the Musk news.
Jamila immediately announced her plans to leave the site, sending a final message to her followers, which included four photos of her with her pet dog.
“Ah, he’s got Twitter,” Jamil wrote. “I would like that to be what lies here as my last tweet. Just really *any* excuse to show Barold’s pictures.”
Actress Mia Farrow posted a tweet, which has since been deleted, saying: “Well, if Twitter gets more toxic – with Trump’s betrayal lies and all the hate – it will be taken less seriously, and people like me will resign – for peace of mind.”
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After receiving criticism from her followers, Farrow appeared to change her mind, telling Musk to “keep Twitter worthy of your past accomplishments and legal people everywhere.”
Wrestling icon Mick Foley said he was considering leaving the podium. After Musk’s announcement, he wrote, “I will seriously consider leaving [Twitter] forever in the near future. I don’t have a good feeling about where this platform is headed.”
Civil rights activist and writer Sean King has deleted his Twitter account, saying that Musk’s takeover “is about white power.”
He has since returned to the app. However, he has previously backed up his previous tweets by writing: “The apartheid man was raised by a white nationalist. He is upset that Twitter will not allow white nationalists to target/harass people. That is his definition of free speech.”
Amy Siskind, activist and author The List: A Weekly Account of Trump’s First Year She will be available to connect on Facebook “until something better comes along,” she said.
Explaining why she decided to stay away from Twitter, she wrote: “Whatever content I provide here is headed straight towards enriching one man, which I think is pretty bad.”
Siskind added, “People should understand that this is no longer a public company. Every post you make here is free content to enrich one man, Elon Musk. He’s completely in control and doesn’t answer to anyone. I don’t consider him a mentally stable person.”
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Succession Star J Smith Cameron has suggested she might consider another social media site due to Musk’s takeover. She wrote shortly after it was announced: “Anyone ready to find a forum other than Musk, sans misinformation and a steady stream of unfiltered hate?”
Star Trek actor George Takei has pushed to stay on Twitter in an effort to quash the negativity. “If this place becomes more poisonous, I pledge to do even more to raise reason, science, compassion and the rule of law,” Takei said on Twitter. The struggle against fascism, misinformation and hate requires strong fighters. I hope you stay in the fight, right by my side.”
Rob Reiner suggested he would stay put when he asked his followers: “Will [Musk] Allowing a criminal who used this platform to lie and spread misinformation to try to overthrow the United States government to come back and continue his criminal activity? And if it does, how do we combat it? ”
To prove that he didn’t mind either way about the news, Jonas’ brother Kevin wondered if buying a Twitter mask would result in the app having an “edit tweet option.”