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All the Celebrities Who’ve Quit Twitter Because of Elon Musk

From Elton John and Trent Reznor to Whoopi Goldberg and Jack White, our updating list of the stars who are saying bye to the app

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THE ARRIVAL OF Elon Musk to Twitter has meant full chaos. From (failed) paid Twitter verification to the reinstatement of accounts run by bigots to the layoffs of hundreds, Musk’s drastic changes to the platform have caused several celebrities to say goodbye to the platform.

Musk initially revealed that he would change its verification policy and allow for all users (for a price) to add a blue checkmark, which was previously reserved for celebrities, journalists and notable figures, to their accounts. He later put those plans on pause.

Then came the layoffs. On Nov. 4, he started to layoff a large portion of Twitter’s workforce, with New York Times saying that half of the app’s employees had been fired. A large number of the app’s employees that stuck around announced they were resigning.

And then he let Donald Trump and other bigots (including Marjorie Taylor Greene) back on the app. The new Twitter owner made the decision after conducting a poll asking Twitter users to vote “yes” or “no” about whether Trump should be allowed back on the site. In the poll, 52 percent voted in the affirmative.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted. He used the Latin phrase, which translates to: “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”

The decision seemed to be off-the-cuff, given he had previously said that no major content decisions would be made prior to the convening of a “content moderation council,” as TechCrunch notes, which does not appear to be functioning yet.

Here’s a growing list of celebrities who’ve decided to no longer use Twitter… all because of Elon Musk.

From Rolling Stone US

Alex Winter

Alex Winter, aka as Bill from the Bill & Ted franchise, fled Twitter sometime after Elon Musk’s takeover. “Not here” reads his bio on the site and it provides a link to Semiphemeral, “an antifascist service” that allows users to delete old tweets, while also preventing fascists from using the free privacy service. “Semiphemeral keeps track of Twitter accounts used by prominent racists, misogynists, antisemites, homophobes, neo-Nazis, and other fascists,” according to the service. Anyone who has liked tweets from the aforementioned will be blocked by the service. “Everyone deserves privacy on social media, but not everyone is entitled to get that privacy by using this free service,” it adds.Those missing Winter’s posts can find the actor and filmmaker on Instagram. “Elon Musk taking over Twitter and making it a private company with less oversight has immediately made the platform more prone to hate speech, targeted attacks, and the spread of disinformation,” Winter told NBC. “If Twitter returns to being a public company run by rational actors, many of us will return.”

David Simon

David Simon — the creator of HBO’s The Wire and Treme whose We Own This City miniseries on policing in America debuted earlier this year — announced his departure from the bird app on Nov. 9, with a series of tweets that included “Fuck Trump” and and “Fuck Elon Musk” goodbye posts. “Not for eight dollars or eight cents. No more free content for a platform that, while already vulnerable, is being tailored for organized disinformation and anti-Semitic/racist provocation,” the journalist-turned-producer wrote. “To stay is unethical. Fuck Elon Musk; the technobrat can choke on his new toy.”On Nov. 14, he pinned his last parting shot: “It’s been real, mooks,” he wrote with a link to a post titled Die of Boils, Mr. Sparky Car on his website. The post stated he would officially lock his Twitter account after a week. “It’s been a lovely little war, folks, and some good fun was had,  But until this platform gets better and more honorable management, fuck it, no,” he wrote.

Ken Olin

Ken Olin, who starred as Michael Steadman in ABC’s Thirtysomething and served as an executive producer of NBC’s This Is Us left the platform in late-October. He told followers in his last post on Oct. 28 that he was “out of here” and sending hope to be kinder, save the planet, be more generous, and “look to find peace in the world.”