Elton John announces departure from Twitter over 'misinformation'

 December 11, 2022

Musical artist Elton John announced that he is leaving Twitter over concerns about the social media platform's direction under new CEO Elon Musk.

John made his final tweet on Twitter Friday to share his intention to leave over its "division."

His comments

“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," John tweeted.

“I’ve decided to no longer use Twitter, given their recent change in policy which will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked," he added.

Musk's response

Musk was quick to comment, offering positive words despite John's criticisms.

"I love your music. Hope you come back. Is there any misinformation in particular that you’re concerned about?" he replied.

"With this, John becomes just the latest celebrity to leave the platform. Most recently, both comedian Jim Carrey and Whoopi Goldberg issued their own goodbyes," the Washington Examiner reported.

"In September, the artist was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Joe Biden during a performance on the White House's South Lawn," it added.

Despite claims of misinformation, Musk has been the one revealing Twitter's past censorship through multiple "Twitter Files" reports. The first episode noted the platform's suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal ahead of the 2020 election. The latest report revealed the company's efforts to ban former President Donald Trump following Jan. 6, 2021.

The increased transparency is far better than the suppression of Twitter's past, but for many on the left, the focus on free speech for those holding opposing views is more than they can handle. Despite several celebrities leaving the platform, Musk claims Twitter is increasing in recent traffic as more are returning than are leaving.

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