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.
Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings actor Simu Liu asked, “Wasn’t there anything better to do with $44 billion?”
Was there nothing better to do with $44 billion?
— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) April 25, 2022
Jameela Jamil announced she was quitting Twitter because her “demand for free speech” would end in “lawless hate, bigotry and misogyny”.
Oh he has Twitter. I would like this to be my what’s here as my last tweet. Just really *any* excuse to show pictures of Barold. I fear that this offer of free speech will help this hellish platform to reach its final form of outright anarchic hatred, bigotry and misogyny. Good luck. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fBDOuEYI3e
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) April 25, 2022
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?
Will we now have the option to edit the tweet?
— Kevin Jonas (@kevinjonas) April 25, 2022
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.
Now that Elon Musk is buying Twitter, the question for all of us is, will he allow a criminal who used this platform to lie and spread misinformation in an attempt to overthrow the US government to come back and continue his criminal activity? And if it does, how do we fight it?
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) April 25, 2022
Bollywood actor Ali Fazal also reacted to the news.
Landing in Delhi? Hint : .-.. — — -.- / .– .. – …. .. -. 😶🌫️ https://t.co/5nUqke5ISx
— Ali Fazal M / میر علی فضل / अली (@alifazal9) April 26, 2022
Here’s how other celebrities reacted.
Hmmm maybe that means it starts an “Ahmir is actually enjoying life” like before the Friendster 2004 days…..or even scarier before the Okayplayer 98 days.
— a percussion carpet? (@questlove) April 25, 2022
It would be a bit dope if Musk bought Twitter and just shut it down…. Lol
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) April 25, 2022
Ignore the drama, pay attention to this instead https://t.co/eoi2tGkYeP
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) April 25, 2022
Finally free! @Elon Musk take my shadow ban off mate…
— Ice cube (@icecube) April 25, 2022
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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