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Elon Musk acquisition spawns #RIPTwitter and #DeleteTwitter trends

They threaten to get off the social media ship.

Elon Musk’s divisive $44 billion Twitter takeover has sparked exodus threats from a segment of Twitter users who claim the social media platform will become a cesspool of hate with the Tesla boss at its helm . The hashtags “#RIPTwitter” and “DeleteTwitter” were trending Monday — but so far there’s no evidence self-proclaimed progressives are pulling it off.

“With Elon Musk buying Twitter, we need a new social media site to go to that isn’t being sold to far-right weirdo jobs. Any suggestions?” announced an alleged Twitter quitter — who was still actively posting to her 41,000 followers as of Monday morning.

The online backlash comes after Twitter’s board of directors announced it had accepted Musk’s massive offer to buy and privatize the company.

Musk, who will pay $54.20 per share for the company, has long said he wants to take over Twitter to restore the platform’s status as a haven for free speech.

“Freedom of expression is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital marketplace where matters important to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a statement. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by improving the product with new features, open-sourcing algorithms to increase trust, defeat spam bots, and authenticate everyone. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the user community to unlock it.”

However, many social media watchdogs barked at the seemingly harmless takeover as a hostile takeover that would take online discourse back to the dark ages.

“I still think Elon Musk owning Twitter is a bad idea. He will amplify racists, fanatics and misinformation.” wrote former Trump supporter and Occupy Democrat opinion columnist David Weissman. “He’s a malicious actor with his distorted views on free speech and censorship.”

“Elon Musk is buying Twitter for $44 billion as easy as buying my weekly grocery store from Aldi is actually terrifying.” said another dissenter.

WWE Legend Mick Foley also promised to jump ship, writing: “I will seriously consider leaving @Twitter for good in the near future. I have a bad feeling about where this platform is headed.”

Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean also got involved. “Hello Twitterverse. Thank you for the knowledge and exchange over the past ten years or so.” said Dean on the platform. “If Musk takes over Twitter, I’ll be gone in a few hours. Might be good for my wellbeing as well, but I’ve learned many valuable things from many of you. Thank you all. Howard.”

Note: Dean is still on the platform and tweeting frequently, almost 24 hours later.

Actress-activist Jameela Jamil also announced her alleged departure.

“Ah he has twitter,” Jamil tweeted alongside four pictures of herself with her dog. “I want this to be my last tweet lying here. Just really any Sorry to show pictures of Barold.”

“I fear this free speech imperative will help this platform from hell reach its ultimate form of utterly lawless hatred, bigotry and misogyny. Much luck.”

But since Tuesday morning the account of the former “The Good Place” actress was still in operation.

Like some conservative pundits pointed out, Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King’s account is said to have been deleted after Musk took over. However, it was still alive on Monday morning – along with A foul writing for Musk.

The hesitant Twitter quitters were mercilessly screwed online, with a Musk supporter writing, “I can see you leaving Twitter hasta la vista baby. Free speech to the moon and back.”

“Imagine #Leave Twitter not because you are restricted or censored, but because your political opponents are not!” Deputy political commentator Dinesh D’Souza. “That’s the petty-authoritarian mindset that now characterizes the left in this country.”

“That’s it. I’m out. Deactivate my account today. I can’t in good conscience use a platform run by an evil billionaire,” he scoffed Daily Wire contributor Matt Walsh. “That’s why I stay on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. Stand on my principles.”

He continued his jibes in a Follow-up tweet, write: “My 4-year-old pangender kid Stardust just asked, ‘Matt, if Elon Musk takes control of Twitter will hate speech be normalized? Is Democracy Over? Will life even be worth living?’ I looked at her and said, ‘Yes, yes and no.’ And we just held on and sobbed.”

Other compared to the alleged Twitter exodus after Donald Trump became president in 2016, Liberals threatened to move to Canada — but failed to get through. Trump, meanwhile, said he would not return to Twitter even if the ban against him were lifted, instead pledging to stick to his own “much better” Truth social app, which launched in February.

SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk visits the construction site of Tesla's Gigafactory in Gruenheide near Berlin on May 17th, 2021.
SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Musk visits the construction site of Tesla’s Gigafactory in Grünheide, Germany, in May 2021.
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Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers also rejoiced in the change in social media regime.

“Twitter openly censors speech based on political ideology and mocks our constitutional liberties,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted Monday morning.

“If Elon Musk can turn this around to actually protect freedom of expression and encourage open discourse, then the full potential of Twitter will be unlocked.”

New Twitter boss Musk himself has since spoken out on the matter, writing: “I hope even my worst critics stay on Twitter because that means freedom of expression.”

Meanwhile, on Monday night, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey called the Musk acquisition “the right way forward” for the company.

“Elon’s goal of creating a platform that is ‘maximum trust and broadly inclusive’ is correct,” said Dorsey tweeted.

Dorsey also thanked Musk and Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal “for getting the company out of an impossible situation.”

“This is the way to go… I believe in it with all my heart,” wrote Dorsey, who stepped down as Twitter CEO in November.

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., reacts during a speech during an unveiling event for the Tesla Model Y crossover electric vehicle in Hawthorne, California, on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Musk during a reveal event for the Tesla Model Y crossover electric vehicle in Hawthorne, California in March 2019.
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