Whoopi Goldberg Becomes Latest US Celeb To Quit Twitter After Musk's Takeover

Whoopi Goldberg has joined the growing list of stars that have deactivated their Twitter accounts following Elon Musk's takeover of the platform.
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The 51-year-old billionaire Tesla founder completed his acquisition of the social media company on October 27 after months of legal negotiations.

Musk's takeover of the platform has seen company layoffs and the introduction of a controversial new subscription plan, Twitter Blue, in which users can purchase the "blue tick" verification badge.

On Monday's episode of The View, Goldberg revealed that she is leaving the digital platform as it has become a "mess" since Musk took charge.

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"It’s been a little over a week since Elon Musk took over Twitter and this place is a mess," she said. "I’m getting off today because I just feel like it’s so messy, and I’m tired of now having certain kinds of attitudes blocked now getting back on."

"So I’m gonna get out, and if it settles down enough and I feel more comfortable maybe I’ll come back. But as of tonight, I’m done with Twitter," Goldberg added.

The 66-year-old Sister Act actress mentioned later on in the segment that "all speech is not free speech," adding, "Some speech is not OK free speech. So everybody has to agree on that, but if people keep saying 'You hurt my free speech' it’s going to be a problem."

"You know what? This is our problem. But it ain’t my problem today because I’m out," Goldberg, who deactivated her account last night, concluded.
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Goldberg joins celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, who announced on Instagram over the weekend that she was deactivating her account as the platform had become "a cesspool of hate and bigotry"

"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," the supermodel wrote. "I can’t say it’s a safe place for anyone, nor a social platform that will do more good than harm."

A few others have also claimed they're exiting the platform such as showrunner and producer Shonda Rhimes and Grammy-winning musician Toni Braxton.

"Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye," Rhimes wrote, while Braxton said: "I’m shocked and appalled at some of the 'free speech' I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition."

"Hate speech under the veil of 'free speech' is unacceptable. I am choosing to stay off Twitter as it is no longer a safe space for myself, my sons and other [people of color]," the star added.

The Tech mogul confirmed last week that Twitter will be introducing a $7.99 monthly plan that will allow anybody to get verified with a blue checkmark.

Musk has claimed this is the only way to tackle spam and bots accounts and is also essential in making the social media platform into a profitable company.

In response, many celebrities, such as comedian Kathy Griffin and YouTube celebrity Ethan Klein, took to the platform to change their handles to imitate the SpaceX founder and then tweeted anti-Musk views.

However, Musk suspended their accounts and declared in a series of tweets on Sunday (November 6) that "any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying 'parody' will be permanently suspended."

"Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning," Musk continued.

"This will be clearly identified as a condition for signing up to Twitter Blue at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark," he added.

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