Whoopi Goldberg leaves Twitter following takeover by Elon Musk

Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter late last month has upset many on the political left, including comedian Whoopi Goldberg. This week, Goldberg revealed that she is leaving the platform.

According to the Daily Caller, Goldberg made the announcement on Monday while co-hosting The View, saying, “I’m getting off.”

“As of tonight, I’m done with Twitter”

“I’m getting off today because I feel like it’s so messy and I’m tired of now having had certain kind of attitudes blocked, and now they’re back on, and I’m gonna get out,” she continued.

“If it settles down and I feel comfortable, maybe I’ll come back,” Goldberg acknowledged before adding, “But as of tonight, I’m done with Twitter.”

The Daily Caller noted that Goldberg later expressed farewell to her Twitter followers in a no longer visible tweet, stating, “To everyone, Thanks for everything! Until we meet again! Love, Whoop.”

Goldberg is not alone in her decision to leave the platform, as Fox News reported last week that San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott  announced that she is also abandoning Twitter.

“Twitter is moving in a troubling direction – one that promotes hatred, violence, bullying, and false information,” Elliott was quoted as saying.

“It is not a forum where users can feel respected or safe. We deserve better,” the local official complained. “For that reason, my office will no longer communicate using Twitter.”

Dramatic reactions

Meanwhile, others have chosen to remain on Twitter but are now describing it in apocalyptic terms. Left-wing Washington Post contributor Taylor Lorenz compared Musk’s takeover “the gates of hell” having been opened.

For his part, Musk has long spoken of a desire to encourage freer speech on Twitter by making the platform less censorious.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed hope last month that Musk would be successful, telling Fox News, “I welcome somebody getting into the marketplace that will just allow people to speak freely and not try to limit them based on what their political positions are or their religious positions.”