Why celebrities are leaving Twitter after Elon Musk’s takeover?
Following Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, many Hollywood celebrities left the social networking site.
Shonda Rhimes, the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and others from the entertainment industry claim they will leave the platform now that it is owned by Elon Musk, a self-described “free speech absolutist” who has vowed to make significant changes, including lifting the ban on former President Donald Trump.
Grey’s Anatomy creator Rhimes, who has more than 1.9 million followers on Twitter wrote, “Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye”.
The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter tweeted to her nearly 3 million followers: “Welp. It’s been fun Twitter. I’m out. See you on the other platforms, peeps. Sorry, this one’s just not for me”.
Singer Toni Braxton, who has more than 1.8 million followers wrote in her last tweet, “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”.
Ken Olin, the producer of the Emmy-winning show This Is Us said “I’m out of here”.
On October 28, Elon Musk took control of Twitter and fired its top executives in a deal that puts one of the leading platforms for global discourse in the hands of the world’s richest man.
Following the takeover, Musk tweeted that “the bird is freed,” referencing the company’s iconic avian logo.