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Elton John's turn to quit Twitter

Elton John’s turn to quit Twitter

Elton John is the latest celebrity to make the decision to leave Twitter following Elon Musk’s acquisition of the platform. The British singer joins Gigi Hadid, Jim Carrey, Shonda Rhimes, Toni Braxton, comic book author Erik Larsen, Tea Leoni, and Whoopi Goldberg who all closed their Twitter accounts last November.

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The 75-year-old singer announced in his latest tweet posted today that he will no longer be using the site because the tech billionaire has policies in place that allow “misinformation to flourish unchecked.”

“All my life I’ve tried to use music to bring people together. However, it saddens me to see how misinformation is now being used to divide our world,” he tweeted.

“I have decided not to use Twitter anymore, given recent changes to their policy that will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked.”

Musk recently revealed that he had been granted a “total pardon” for suspended accounts, which many experts believe will lead to an increase in hate, harassment, and conspiracy theories. Previously suspended Donald Trump has been reinstated.

Musk also suspended – for the second time – the account of rapper Kanye West recently after he tweeted an anti-Semitic image.

Whoopi Goldberg announced her departure from Twitter on The View last November. She said, “I’ll leave and if it calms down and I feel more comfortable, maybe I’ll come back.”

The producer and creator of several TV series including Grey’s Anatomy tweeted on Oct. 29: “I won’t be hanging around here seeing what Elon Musk has planned. Bye!”

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Singer Toni Braxton also posted a long tweet to her 2 million subscribers saying she was shocked and appalled at some of the “freedoms of expression” she has seen on Twitter since gaining it.

“Hate speech under the veil of ‘freedom of speech’ is unacceptable; therefore, I have chosen to stay off Twitter, because it is no longer a safe place for me, my children, and other people of color.”

Model Gigi Hadid also deactivated her Twitter account last November. She explained her decision on her Instagram account by specifying that Twitter was becoming more and more “full of hate and bigotry.” “I can’t say it’s a safe place for anyone or a social platform that will do more good than harm.”

Finally, American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles tweeted to her 3 million Twitter followers “Twitter has been fun. Sorry, it’s not for me.”