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Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter polarized the users of the social network; some decided to leave as a protest measure, and others, on the contrary, decided to return as a way to celebrate the great possibility of ending censorship on that platform.
Famous artists and political leaders have become a reflection of what happened. Those who returned were happy because now Twitter is in the hands of Musk, who has assured that he is an absolutist of freedom of speech. Those who decided to leave the platform, prefer control of opinions and have been in favor of censorship and blockades against those who think differently.
Some personalities who consider themselves liberal or progressive say it is a “danger” for Musk to take over Twitter and allow full freedom of speech.
“The day Elon Musk buys Twitter is the day I delete my account and leave Twitter,” Larsen tweeted on April 14.
“Nothing good can come from Elon Musk buying Twitter,” said Larsen, who added: “At some point the 1st Amendment protecting FREE SPEECH was maliciously altered to the FREEDOM to LIE.”
He further said that the platform “would become an even more hellish landscape of lies and misinformation.”
For her part, actress and activist Jameela Jamil, announced that she will leave Twitter after the platform accepted Elon Musk’s $44 billion offer to buy the company.
“I fear this free speech bid is going to help this hell platform reach its final form of totally lawless hate, bigotry, and misogyny,” Jamil said in her farewell remarks.
Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate, also said goodbye to Twitter and deleted his account; before doing so he said, “Hi Twitterverse. Many thanks for the knowledge and sharing over the past ten years or so.”
“If Musk takes over Twitter I will be off within a few hours. Might be just as well for my well being but I’ve learned a lot of valuable stuff from many of valuable stuff from many of you.Thank you all. Howard,” he added.
One controversial personality who decided to withdraw from Twitter and then return was Shaun King, a Black Lives Matter activist, who left the platform, but later assured that he had not left and would continue using the social network.
Returning to Twitter
Fox News announced the return to Twitter of some of its employees. For example, Tucker Carlson, conservative commentator, and Mark Levin, anchor, have already restored their accounts.
“We’re back,” Carlson said on Twitter.
“Thanks to new ownership, I’ve decided to come back!” tweeted Levin.
Sabrina Martín Rondon is a Venezuelan journalist. Her source is politics and economics. She is a specialist in corporate communications and is committed to the task of dismantling the supposed benefits of socialism // Sabrina Martín Rondon es periodista venezolana. Su fuente es la política y economía. Es especialista en comunicaciones corporativas y se ha comprometido con la tarea de desmontar las supuestas bondades del socialismo