Since its launch in 2006, Twitter has been filled with the news of the day, so it’s no surprise that the social media company itself has been a big topic lately.
This follows Elon Musk closing in on a $44 billion purchase of the company in the final days of October, which was accompanied by changes in leadership and policies. The Tesla and SpaceX leader made an offer to buy Twitter in April, saying he wanted to promote free speech and end Twitter’s permanent ban on certain users, which could includes former President Donald Trump.
As he took over the company, Musk made a series of posts about what would happen in the transition.
“Twitter will form a content moderation board with widely divergent views,” he wrote. “No major content decision or account restoration will be made before this board is convened,” to which he added that no such changes have yet been made.
Musk also noted that rapper Ye’s account had been “restored by Twitter prior to the acquisition” and without his knowledge. Ye (better known as Kanye West) was reportedly locked out of his account in October after anti-Semitic comments he made there, which the site blocked after they were seen. However, he returned to tweeting by November 2nd.
Meanwhile, some familiar faces – or at least familiar names – have announced their intention to leave or take a break from the platform.
The account belonging to Musk’s ex Amber Heard, @RealAmberHeard, has disappeared.
Whoopi Goldberg said on Nov 7th at The view that it was disconnecting.
“Today I’m going to come down because I just feel like it’s so messy and I’m tired of blocking certain kinds of behaviors now that I’m coming back,” Goldberg said. “Well, I’m leaving and if it calms down enough and I feel more comfortable, maybe I’ll come back. But as of tonight, I’m done with Twitter.”
Gigi Hadid took to her Instagram Stories to explain that she had deactivated her Twitter account. “Especially with its new leadership, it is increasingly becoming a cesspool of hate and bigotry,” he wrote, according to CBS. She said she connects with many fans on the site and wants to be a part of it, however, “I can’t say it’s a safe place for anyone, nor a social platform that will do more good than harm.”
Earlier, musicians Toni Braxton and Sara Bareilles, as well as producer Shonda Rhimes, had said they had left.
Braxton noted that she was “shocked and appalled” at the “free speech” she saw after Musk’s arrival.
“Hate speech under the guise of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable; therefore I am choosing to stay off Twitter as it is no longer a safe space for me, my sons and other POC,” she tweeted.
They weren’t the only ones.
Actress Téa Leoni appeared to have deleted her account entirely. According to NBC News, he last tweeted on Oct. 29: “Hey everyone. I’m leaving Twitter today — let’s see where we are when the dust settles. Today’s dust revealed too much hate, too much in the wrong direction. Love , kindness and possibilities for all of you.”
And there were others. Bill & Ted star Alex Winter, This is who we are executive producer Ken Olin and billions Showrunner Brian Koppelman made it clear that they are leaving the Twitterverse. Disney star Josh Gad says he’s considering quitting.
Winter’s bio was changed to “Not here for now” and his posts were deleted. Per The Hollywood Reporterat one point, he only posted a meme of Musk, Trump and Ye (aka Kanye West) as the Three Musketeers.
Olin reportedly announced, “I’m outta here” on Oct. 28, noting, “Let’s protect our democracy.”
As for Kopelman, he tweeted, according to THR“Really, come find me on instagram and tok. I’m really going to try to take a breather from here for a minute or a month, it’s time to close the deal.”
Gadd explained that he wasn’t sure if he would stay or not.
“Leaning to remain,” he posted, “but if today is a sign of things to come, I’m not sure what the point is. Free speech is great. Hate speech meant to report evil, (no consequences) that’s not what I wrote.”
It issued a press release announcing that 40 civil society groups were demanding that Twitter’s top advertisers stop supporting the site “if Elon Musk continues to undermine brand and user security.” It also boosted a tweet from Stephen King that opposed Musk’s plan to charge users for verified status.
Meanwhile, actor and director Rob Reiner pleaded with his followers to stay on Twitter until the Nov. 8 election.