Ever since Elon Musk acquired Twitter, many celebrities have made the decision to leave the social media platform.
“Entering Twitter HQ – let that sink in!” the world’s richest person tweeted, along with a video of him in the lobby of the building.
Soon after the news broke, many celebrities revealed their plans to quit Twitter.
“Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye,” Grey’s Anatomy creator, Shonda Rhimes, wrote.
Grammy-winning singer Sara Bareilles added: “Welp. It’s been fun Twitter. I’m out. See you on other platforms, peeps. Sorry, this one’s just not for me.”
Toni Braxton wrote: “I’m shocked and appalled at some of the ‘free speech’ I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition.
“Hate speech under the veil of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable; therefore I am choosing to stay off Twitter as it is no longer a safe space for myself, my sons and other POC.”
The co-creator of Billions, Brian Koppelman, wrote: “Y’all’s, for real, come find me over on instagram and the tok. Gonna really try to take a breather from here for a minute or a month come deal close time.”
Actor Jameela Jamil also quit Twitter, writing: “One good thing about Elon buying twitter is that I will *FINALLY* leave and stop being a complete menace to society on here. So it’s win win for you all really.”
Hey all -
I’m out of here. No judgement.
Let’s keep the faith.
Let’s protect our democracy.
Let’s try to be kinder.
Let’s try to save the planet.
Let’s try to be more generous.
Let’s look to find peace in the world.
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) October 28, 2022
Apart from the above personalities, retired professional wrestler and actor Mick Foley, director Ken Olin also quit Twitter.
Not long after the takeover, the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) also told The Washington Post that use of the N-word on Twitter increased by nearly 500 per cent in 12 hours immediately after Musk’s deal was finalised.
NBA star LeBron James called on Musk to take action on such accounts for using the N-word.
“I don’t know Elon Musk and, tbh, I could care less who owns Twitter,” James wrote.
“But I will say that if this is true, I hope he and his people take this very seriously because this is scary AF. So many damn unfit people saying hate speech is free speech.”