List of every celebrity to quit Twitter over Elon Musk’s takeover
Newsweek has made a list of the celebrities that have left Twitter since Elon Musk purchased the micro blogging platform.
The purchase has caused so much concern for some celebrities that they’ve vowed to quit the platform altogether.
The board of Twitter on Monday unanimously agreed to accept the $44 billion takeover bid. While Musk has said he wants to unlock the “tremendous potential” of Twitter, others have voiced their worries about what the social media platform might become.
Seemingly expecting a mass exodus, Musk tweeted on Monday, “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”
The news of Musk’s takeover is still relatively fresh and there’s a long way to go until he officially takes the reins at Twitter, which isn’t expected to happen for another six months, but others may choose to depart.
The likes of George Takei and Rob Reiner have voiced their disapproval of Musk, but have vowed to stay on the platform. “The struggle against fascism, misinformation, and hate requires tough fighters. I hope you stay in the fight, right beside me,” Takei told his 3.3 million followers.
Here’s the running list of all the celebrities who have left, or announced their intention to leave, the social media platform:
Activist Shaun King deleted his Twitter account on Monday, not long after tweeting that Musk’s purchase of the social media site is “about white power.”
British actress Jameela Jamil also confirmed she would be leaving the platform after Musk’s purchase was confirmed. On Monday April 26 she wrote: “One good thing about Elon buying twitter is that I will *FINALLY* leave and stop being a complete menace to society on here. So it’s win win for you all really.”
Wrestling legend Mick Foley admitted he’s considering leaving the platform, but has yet to pull the trigger. Not long after Musk’s takeover was confirmed he wrote: “I’ll be giving some serious thought to leaving [Twitter] for good in the near future.
“I do not have a good feeling about where this platform is heading,” he said.
Self-proclaimed defender of democracy, activist and author Amy Siskind informed her 550,000 followers that she is considering leaving Twitter. In a series of tweets Siskind openly pondered her options and acknowledged that “whatever content I provide here goes directly towards enriching one man, who I think is absolutely awful.”