Some celebrities have decided to leave Twitter or take a break from the platform now that Elon Musk has taken over the social media site following his $44 billion acquisition of the company.
Public figures in sports, music, film, television and beyond are reacting to several changes made by Twitter’s new owner, including Musk’s decision to revamp the verification process into a paid model while laying off hundreds of employees and concerns about an increase in the language of the hate because of Musk’s unfettered definition of “free speech.”
“I’m not going to hang around for what Elon has planned. Bye,” Shonda Rhimes tweeted to her nearly 2 million Twitter followers on Saturday afternoon, two days after Musk closed his deal to buy the service.
Here’s a running list of other celebrities who are out:
The Grammy-winning “Love Song” and “Brave” singer/songwriter tweeted to her nearly 3 million followers on Sunday that she would see her fans “on other platforms.”
“It was fun on Twitter. I’m out,” the singer tweeted. “Sorry, this just isn’t for me.”
In a tweet to her nearly 2 million followers on Friday, R&B singer Toni Braxton said she was “shocked and appalled by some of the ‘free speech’ she’s seen on Twitter ‘since I got it.’
“Hate speech under the guise of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable; so I choose to stay away from Twitter as it is no longer a safe place for me, my sons and other POC,” she wrote.
Mick Foley, a retired professional wrestler and actor, said in a post on his public, verified Facebook page that he was “taking a break” from Twitter because of “the new ownership — and the misinformation and hate seems to be emboldened.”
“I really enjoy connecting with you all on social media, but it can get overwhelming at times. I think I’ll be back in a few weeks, but in the meantime I’ll keep posting on Facebook and Instagram,” he wrote.
“Please vote if you can – it looks like our democracy hangs in the balance,” he added.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid deactivated her Twitter account on Friday, writing in an Instagram post that the decision to leave the social media platform was due to concerns that it was “becoming more and more a cesspool of hate and bigotry.”
“I can’t say this is a safe place for anyone, not a social platform that will do more good than harm,” Hadid wrote on Instagram.
The comic book creator and artist of “The Amazing Spider-Man” confirmed in an email to NBC News that he is no longer on Twitter.
Back in April, he announced that “the day Elon Musk buys Twitter is the day I delete my account and leave Twitter.”
Larsen’s shop@ErikJLarsen seems to have been disabled on Monday.
“I said I would quit if Musk bought Twitter. Musk bought Twitter,” he told NBC News. “So I had no choice. The move only encouraged the most toxic users. The racists, the ‘patriots’ and the jerks are back in full force.”
“I have no regrets,” he added.
Olin, executive producer of NBC’s “This Is Us” and former star of the ABC drama series “Thirtysomething,” tweeted to his approximately 293,000 followers that he had “disappeared.”
“Let’s keep the faith. Let’s protect our democracy. Let’s try to be kinder. Let’s try to save the planet. Let’s try to be more generous. Let’s strive to find peace in the world,” he wrote, ending with blue heart emoji .
Actor Téa Leoni, best known for her role on the CBS political drama “Madam Secretary,” tweeted to her roughly 124,000 followers on Saturday about her departure from the app.
“I’m leaving Twitter today – let’s see where we stand when the dust settles,” she wrote. “Today the dust revealed too much hate, too much in the wrong direction.”
British actress Marina Sirtis, best known for her role as Deanna Troy on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” deactivated her account and left the platform after the Musk takeover, her publicist confirmed in an email to NBC News.
“If I needed confirmation that leaving Twitter was the right move, Musk’s tweet about the attack on Paul Pelosi (which he later deleted) and the avalanche of hate I received when I announced I was leaving solidified my decision.” Sirtis said in a statement.
Her account@marina_sirtis appears to be currently disabled on Twitter.
Morrison, a comic book artist and illustrator who has worked on projects in the “The Simpsons” media universe, confirmed in a message to NBC News on LinkedIn that he deactivated his Twitter account because of the takeover of Musk.
“I thought I might wait to see if he reinstated Trump’s account, but I figured there were plenty of reasons to leave even if Trump didn’t come back,” Morrison said.
Winter, an actor and director best known for playing Bill in the Bill and Ted film series alongside Keanu Reeves, has locked his Twitter account. His site bio now says “Left here for here” and links to his profile with Mastodon, a global and decentralized social network with Twitter-like features.
“Elon Musk taking over Twitter and making it a private company with less oversight immediately made the platform more prone to hate speech, targeted attacks and the spread of misinformation,” Winter said in an email to NBC News. “If Twitter comes back as a public company run by rational actors, many of us will come back.”
Just like Winter, many ex-Twitter users are moving on to various social platforms such as Mastodon, BlueSky and CounterSocial.
According to CNN, Mastodon has gained 230,000 users since Musk took over Twitter on Oct. 27.
The Tesla CEO now owns the social media company.