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Celebrities threaten to quit Twitter after Elon Musk bought micro-blogging site for $44 billion

After Elon Musk took over Twitter, celebrities on the left threatened to quit Twitter and threw shade at Musk for the same. While some of them wondered if Musk would reinstate former President Donald Trump’s suspended account, others wanted to know if he would introduce an edit button.

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Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings actor Simu Liu asked, “Wasn’t there anything better to do with $44 billion?”

Jameela Jamil announced she was quitting Twitter because her “demand for free speech” would end in “lawless hate, bigotry and misogyny”.

It comes after Musk tweeted, “Free speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital public square where issues vital to the future of humanity are debated.”

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating spambots, and authenticating all humans.”

The oldest Jonas Brothers member, Kevin Jonas, who is also Priyanka Chopra’s brother-in-law, asked, “Are we now going to have the option to edit the tweet?

Actor-filmmaker Rob Reiner also had serious concerns. “Now that Elon Musk is buying Twitter, the question for all of us is, will he allow a criminal who has used this platform to lie and spread disinformation in an attempt to overthrow the US government to return and continue his criminal activity? And if he does, how do we fight him?” he asked.

Bollywood actor Ali Fazal also reacted to the news.

Here’s how other celebrities reacted.

When asked at a recent TED talk if there were any limits to his notion of “free speech,” Musk said that Twitter or any forum is “obviously bound by the laws of the country in which it operates. So obviously there are limits to free speech.” in the United States, and, of course, Twitter should abide by those rules.” Beyond that, however, he said he would be “very reluctant” to take things down and would generally be cautious about permanent bans. It won’t be perfect, Musk added, “but I think we want him to really have the perception and the reality that speech is as free as reasonably possible.”

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