Since Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter ended in late October, hate speech has increased on the popular social networking platform. Statistics show that the number of times using offensive and malicious words increased by nearly 500% on Twitter after only 12 hours of being owned by the world’s richest billionaire.
Not only the public, celebrities simultaneously took specific actions to express their opposition to the Tesla boss, giving up personal accounts despite having millions of followers.
In fact, as early as April, several stars announced they would be leaving the platform shortly after Musk took over because of concerns about what the 51-year-old entrepreneur might do as he leads the company.
Up to now, 14 A-list artists have stopped using Twitter and switched to Instagram or TikTok.
American screenwriter/producer and MC Shonda Rhimes announced on October 29 that she will be leaving Twitter. “Not waiting for anything Elon has planned. Farewell,” wrote Bridgerton’s creator. According to SCMP, Rhimes has nearly two million followers on Twitter. Photo: SCMP.
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles also announced her departure from Twitter on the same day: “Fine. Twitter used to bring joy. Now I’m out of here. See you on another platform. Sorry, this isn’t for me.” Photo: Invision/AP.
The last post by American actor/producer Ken Olin on Twitter read: “I’m out of here. Don’t judge.” Photo: Instagram.
R&B star Toni Braxton said she was “shocked and appalled” by some of the content she’s seen since Musk took over. She stated that she chose not to use Twitter because it was “no longer a safe space for myself and my sons”. Photo: Invision/AP.
Not only announcing the cessation of use, actress Madam Secretary Téa Leoni also directly deleted her Twitter account. She thinks the platform has too much hate and goes in the wrong direction. Photo: Instagram.
Brian Koppelman, the host of Billions, also decided to give up Twitter. He also urged fans to follow him on Instagram and TikTok. Photo: Instagram.
Alex Winter’s Twitter profile is currently empty. The Bill & Ted star also deleted all the posts. In the introduction, he wrote: “Not here. IG: @alxwinter”. Photo: Instagram.
On 9/11, Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, author and former Permanent Representative of the United States to the International Civil Aviation Organization, announced that he would be leaving Twitter, listing other platforms where the public can found him. Photo: Reuters.
On The View in early November, Whoopi Goldberg used the word “mess” to describe the situation on Twitter under Musk’s management. The veteran artist announced that she will temporarily stop using the platform, but may return if things calm down and she feels more comfortable. Photo: Instagram.
On Instagram Story, Gigi Hadid condemned the development direction of Twitter under Elon Musk, and announced the deactivation of the account. “With the new leadership, it has become increasingly a reservoir of hate and conservatism. I don’t want to be a part of it,” the 9X supermodel wrote. Photo: Getty Images.
Amber Heard said nothing about leaving Twitter, but netizens noticed her account was disabled on November 1. Many people are curious about why Amber made such a move. She dated Musk for about a year before breaking up in 2018. Photo: Instagram.
According to NBC News, Erik Larsen, the author of The Amazing Spider-Man comics, said in April that he did not plan to continue using Twitter if Musk bought the company. Not just talking, his account has been disabled since October 31. Photo: Handout.
Former US wrestler Mick Foley posted a notice to stop using Twitter on Facebook: “Since the new owner, misinformation and hate have increased. That makes me sad.” He told fans to remain active on Instagram and Facebook. Photo: Eamonn McCabe.
Actress and comedian Jenny Slate announced the deactivation of her Twitter account in an Instagram post on November 12. Photo: American Zoetrope
According to SCMP