Pop icon Elton John announced on Friday that he would no longer use Twitter, accusing the platform’s new leadership of allowing misinformation to spread after recent policy changes. The British singer is the latest in a long line of celebrities to quit Twitter since it was taken over by Elon Musk.
“All my life I’ve tried to use music to bring people together. Yet it saddens me to see how misinformation is now being used to divide our world,” John tweeted. “I have decided to no longer use Twitter, given their recent policy change which will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked.”
Musk himself responded, asking the 75-year-old artist “Is there any particular misinformation that concerns you? » Elton John did not respond.
I like your music. I hope you will come back. Is there any particular misinformation that concerns you?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2022
Later in the thread, the Niche Gamer website account suggested that John’s tweet was the work of “new Marxist social media person with brain damage.” Musk wrote in response that “most celebrities don’t write their own posts,” adding that “more should,” and that would be “it is better to hear directly from them.”
Since buying Twitter for $44 billion in October, Musk has fired more than half of the platform’s staff and rolled back some of its censorship policies, while announcing an amnesty for previously banned accounts, including that of former US President Donald Trump.
Liberal critics say Musk’s actions have opened the floodgates to a rise in “hate speech” with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accusing him of facilitating a “Rising volume of anger, hatred and anti-Semitism.” Musk argues that “hate speech impressions,” which measure how often hateful tweets are viewed, have actually declined over the past month, while Twitter’s user base has grown.
Elton John is far from the first celebrity to publicly announce his departure from Twitter since Musk’s takeover. This exodus of artists includes comedian Jim Carrey, TV host Whoopi Goldberg, model Gigi Hadid and musician Moby, the latter said he was offended by Musk’s post “alt-right” memes and images of his weapons. Of the above, only Hadid and Goldberg have actually deleted their accounts.
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