After Elon Musk bought Twitter, Elton John decided to stop using it. Since the tech mogul put in place rules that would “allow misinformation to go unchecked,” the Rocket Man singer said in a farewell tweet on Friday that he would no longer be using the platform.
He tweeted “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. I’ve decided to no longer use Twitter, given their recent change in policy which will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked.”
Many experts fear a rise in hate speech, abuse, and conspiracy theories with Musk’s announcement that he was offering a “universal apology” for blocked accounts, prompting the 75-year-old’s move.
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.— Elton John (@eltonofficial) December 9, 2022
I’ve decided to no longer use Twitter, given their recent change in policy which will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked.
Recently, he suspended the Twitter account of former US President Donald Trump, although Trump did not post as he prefers to use his social media platform, Truth Social.
Musk just terminated musician Kanye West’s account, following the publication of an anti-Semitic graphic. He had just recently returned to the stage after his first ban.
John left Twitter along with Whoopi Goldberg, Gigi Hadid and Jim Carrey after Musk took control of the company in late October.
Billionaire and Twitter CEO Elon Musk replied to the tweet. Musk responded, “I love your music, and I hope you come back. Is there anything you’re worried about misinformation?”
I love your music. Hope you come back. Is there any misinformation in particular that you’re concerned about?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2022
Several famous people such as producer Shonda Rhimes and singer Toni Braxton vowed to leave the social networking site when Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter is completed in late October.
The researchers saw an “immediate” surge in “vulgar and offensive” discourse.
Many expressed concern that the modifications to Twitter could enable the promotion of hate speech and inappropriate content on the network.
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