Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger trailer
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Elton John, 75, announced on Friday that he will no longer use Twitter after “their recent change in policy” has allowed “misinformation to flourish”. The legendary musician’s departure comes after Elon Musk bought the social media site for a whopping £35.9 billion ($44bn).
He said in a statement: “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.”
Elon Musk later replied to Elton directly, saying he “hopes” the Grammy winner will return to the platform.
The business magnate penned: “I love your music. Hope you come back.
“Is there any misinformation in particular that you’re concerned about?”
The Tiny Dancer singer had not responded at the time of writing.
Elton has joined a host of stars who have said goodbye to the app following Musk’s takeover.
Jim Carrey shared his final post last week where he said “I’m leaving Twitter,” alongside an animated version of his “crazy old lighthouse keeper” painting.
Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg also quit the site, explaining on The View on November 7: “I’m getting off today.
“I just feel like it’s so messy, and I’m tired of now having had certain kinds of attitudes blocked, and now they’re back on.
“I’m going to get out, and if it settles down and I feel more comfortable, maybe I’ll come back. As of tonight, I’m done with Twitter.”
And model Gigi Hadid said on the same day that Twitter had become a “cesspool of hate”.
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She shared on her Instagram Story: “I deactivated my Twitter account today. For a long time, but especially with its new leadership, it’s becoming more and more of a cesspool of hate and bigotry, and it’s not a place I want to be a part of.
“Only sorry to the fans, who I’ve loved connecting with for a decade via Twitter, but I can’t say it’s a safe space for anyone, nor a social platform that will do more good than harm.”
Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover had been controversial from the off after he began sacking a large portion of the global workforce.
He also changed Twitter’s verification policy and now allows users to pay a subscription to have a blue tick next to their name.
Musk has also reinstated previously banned accounts, including former President Donald Trump.
Trump’s account was suspended in 2021 after the Capitol riots for violating Twitter guidelines.
After reinstating his account following an online poll, Musk celebrated: “The people have spoken.”
Accounts for Andrew Tate and Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, were also reinstated.
However, Ye was suspended again after just two weeks when he tweeted an image of a swastika blended with a star of David.
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