Since its launch in 2006, Twitter has been buzzing with the news of the day, so it’s no surprise that the social media company itself has been a big topic.
This happened after Elon Musk completed his $44 billion buyout of the company in late October, which was accompanied by changes in leadership and policies.
The CEOs of Tesla and SpaceX made offers to buy Twitter in April, saying they wanted to promote free speech and end Twitter’s permanent ban on certain users.
Once he took office, Musk laid off thousands of people, attempted to implement a membership system, and announced plans to create a “content moderation council” on the social network.
He also ran a poll asking whether former President Donald Trump should be allowed to return – he was banned for inciting violence in the January 6 attack on the Capitol – and was eventually reinstated.
Musk noted early in his tenure that rapper Kanye West’s account had been “restored by Twitter prior to the acquisition” and without his knowledge.
West, also known as Yeh, was reportedly kicked off in October after he made antisemitic comments, which the site blocked after being viewed.
West had returned to tweeting by November 2, however, was suspended again in early December after he posted an anti-Semitic message inciting violence.
Following Musk’s takeover, dozens more employees left the company in response to his demands to work harder with fewer employees.
As #RIPTwitter began trending, some familiar faces — or at least familiar names — announced their intention to leave or take a break from the platform.
Elton John announced his departure on 9 December.
“All my life I’ve tried to use music to bring people together,” the singer and activist wrote. “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.” He said.
Rapper Meek Mill supported John in signing because “there were too many bots and weird people.” He reportedly announced on 18 December that he would be deactivating his account and would instead post on YouTube and hoped for a new social media app where there would be “more good vibes”.
Actress Jameela Jamil predicted in April that she would be leaving because Twitter would become “a lawless place of bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia”, and she actually stopped sending posts in October.
On Nov. 29, actor Jim Carrey said goodbye with a cartoon based on his painting of “a crazy old Lighthouse Keeper, standing naked in a storm, summoning the angels and shining his lamp to guide us through a treacherous night.”
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Information Source: Yahoo