Elton John is another in a series of celebrities who are leaving Twitter

Because of a recent modification in the platform's policies, disinformation will be spread uncontrollably.

Dec 11, 2022 - 10:12
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Elton John is another in a series of celebrities who are leaving Twitter

Elton John will no longer use Twitter, citing "a recent change in the platform's policy that will allow misinformation to run rampant."

Since it was purchased for $44 billion by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has often questioned Twitter's dedication to free expression, the social media platform has come under fire. Since then, he has sacked top executives as well as a large portion of the company's whole personnel, while also installing a number of controversial new features.

He also attracted backlash after reactivating former President Donald Trump's and Kanye West's Twitter accounts. (West was barred once again for spreading anti-Semitic content.)

John's announcement could be a reference to another recent event in which Twitter is apparently refusing to enforce its own rules against COVID-19 falsehoods.

"Throughout my life, I've tried to use music to bring people together," John said in his final tweet. "However, it breaks my heart to watch how disinformation is currently being exploited to divide our society."

John is not the first celebrity to abandon Twitter.

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails announced his departure last month.“We don't need the arrogance of the billionaire class to feel like they can just come and fix everything. Even without [Musk], I just think that environment has become toxic," he said. “Because of my mental health, I have to switch off. I don't feel good there anymore."

Jack White told Musk: "You might learn how harmful it can be when you let dangerous, hateful people say whatever they want on your stage," White said in an Instagram post."Do the right thing, Elon, and don't give the stage to other hatemongers."

Joe Bonamassa quit social media entirely last month, though he cited more general reasons. "Social media has become such a distraction to me," Bonamassa wrote in a post that has since been deleted.“This place seems to have the maturity of a high school and I fear that one day I will be provoked into saying something that I might regret. Enjoy it before it destroys your soul."

Post by Bryan C.