Celebrities vow to quit Twitter after Elon Musk takeover

By Brent Furdyk.

Now that Elon Musk has taken over Twitter in a deal worth $44 billion, concerns are being shared that the controversial billionaire could abandon the social media platform’s guidelines on hate speech and unleash gratuitous hate for all. Meanwhile, there are also fears that Musk could restore Donald Trump’s Twitter privileges after the ex-president was banned following the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill last year.

This leads some celebrities to question their allegiance to the site.

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In reality, The Hollywood Reporter singles out a few who have already declared their intention to come out.

Among these is actor and director Ken Olin, who wrote, « I’m out of here. »

Those sentiments were echoed by “Billions” showrunner Brian Koppleman.

“All of you, for real, come find me on instagram and tok. I will really try to take a break from here for a minute or a month as the time approaches,” he said. tweeted.

Then there’s Alex Winter of the « Bill & Ted » franchise, who reportedly deleted his entire Twitter history and left a Linktree address after posting a meme depicting Musk, Donald Trump and Kanye West as the Three Musketeers.

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However, some celebrities are taking the opposite approach, insisting that if Twitter stops regulating hate speech, they’ll be there to fight back.

Such is the view of ‘Star Trek’ icon George Takei, who wrote: « Twitter is a bit like how America might feel if the Republicans take over Congress. All the crazies would immediately start testing the terrible limits of how far they can push things.

Takei then said, “I’m not going anywhere,” adding, “We need each other’s voice and strength, and I’ve never been shy about fighting. When Twitler and the other deplorables are unleashed on her, I’ll be more than a thorn in their side.

Meanwhile, director Rob Reiner stressed that with democracy at stake ahead of the crucial midterm elections, « this is not the team to quit Twitter. »

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