Celebrities are leaving Twitter within the wake of billionaire Elon Musk taking up the social media platform, citing considerations about his management.
Not lengthy after the Tesla founder took management of Twitter, trolls littered the positioning with hate speech and Nazi memes, elevating fears that the social media platform might grow to be a house for on-line hate.
One tweet, a racial slur in capital letters, was retweeted greater than 700 instances and favored greater than 5,000 instances. Different accounts have included swastikas as profile footage, glorifying Nazi Germany, and tweets denouncing the LGBTQ+ neighborhood.
Screenwriter and Producer Shonda Rhimes was among the many first to announce that she could be leaving the positioning, tweeting on Saturday that she’s “Not hanging round for no matter Elon has deliberate. Bye.”
Not hanging round for no matter Elon has deliberate. Bye.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 29, 2022
Along with Rhimes, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles additionally tweeted that she was leaving the social media platform Sunday, saying:
“Welp. It’s been enjoyable Twitter. I’m out. See you on different platforms, peeps. Sorry, this one’s simply not for me.”
Billions showrunner Brian Koppelman additionally deactivated his account, telling his followers to observe him on TikTok and Instagram.
“Y’all’s, for actual, come discover me over on Instagram and the tok. Gonna actually attempt to take a breather from right here for a minute or a month come deal shut time,” Koppelman stated.
Since Musk has taken over the social media platform, adjustments have been minimal, exterior of Musk firing the CEO and CFO. One change deliberate for the platform is that it’s going to start charging $20 a month for its blue verify verification.
The blue checkmark is often used to confirm that statements are coming from particular people and organizations. Nevertheless, Musk seemingly needs to show it into a standing image. Writer Stephen King just isn’t receptive to the concept, tweeting that if the plan will get instituted, he’s gone.
$20 a month to maintain my blue verify? Fuck that, they need to pay me. If that will get instituted, I’m gone like Enron.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 31, 2022