Following reports that Elon Musk may be close to reaching a deal with Twitter’s board to buy the company, leftist ‘verified’ accounts on the platform have gone into meltdown mode again to the prospect of Musk, the self-proclaimed free speech absolutist, taking over. .
“Quitting Twitter” started trending soon after reports of the Musk-Twitter discussions. Observers were quick to note the sentiment’s similarity to loud declarations by prominent leftists that they would move to Canada if Donald Trump won the 2016 election (few, if any, did).
Charles Blow, a New York Times The columnist who describes Trump supporters as “angry white men”, said he would “say goodbye” to the platform if Musk took over.
Looks like I’m about to say goodbye to Twitter as well. Anyway, I’ve moved away from social media a bit. It will be just the push I need to go all the way on this app. https://t.co/QkwIsYy6zS
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) April 25, 2022
“I won’t stay on Twitter if Elon Musk owns it,” said the former New York Times editorial board member Mira Kamdar.
“Twitter’s board’s willingness to engage with Mr. Musk, the world’s richest man, is a step forward.” And a step towards my departure from this platform. I won’t stay on Twitter if Elon Musk owns it. https://t.co/ppmwLRe2wV
—Mira Kamdar (@mirakamdar) April 25, 2022
James Fell, a historian, said he would leave if Musk overturned the ban on Donald Trump, who was banned from Twitter and other social media platforms while still president, prompting outcry against Big Tech censorship from world leaders.
I’m only leaving Twitter if Musk allows Trump to return.
— James fell (@BodyForWife) April 25, 2022
Motherboard, a publication run by the far left Vice, began peddling Mastodon, a decentralized social media platform run by progressives, as a destination for disgruntled lefties.
Let’s say you’re not bluffing into quitting Twitter if Elon Musk actually buys it. It might be worth considering Mastodon as the new home of your thoughts. https://t.co/HL3e5KEZ8C
— Motherboard (@motherboard) April 25, 2022
Yvette Nicole Brown, an actress associated with the beleaguered Disney company, said she would join a platform called Counter Social.
I’m leaving too, friend. I joined a site called https://t.co/9N5UIwfEUd, it seems to be fighting this @Twitter is about to become.
– yvette nicole brown (@YNB) April 25, 2022
In a retro twist, author Jeff Gibbard suggested other online social justice warriors return to their spiritual home, the Tumblr blogging platform.
— Jeff Gibbard 😎 (@jgibbard) April 25, 2022
Occupy Democrats editor Grant Stern took a contrary approach, warning liberals they would hand over the platform to the “wrong people” if they left.
“We’re not going to move to Canada,” Stern said. “Still.”
If you say goodbye to Twitter, then you’re handing it over to the wrong people, and all the media people are going to stick around and write about what those people are tweeting.
Be rational here.
We are not moving to Canada.
— Grant Stern is boosted! (@granstern) April 25, 2022
Various other blue checks posted a variation of “leaving Twitter” or “goodbye Twitter”.
If the sale is made, yes, I’m leaving Twitter. And honestly, I’m happy for the excuse.
— sohmer (@sohmer) April 25, 2022
— Margot Roosevelt (@margotroosevelt) April 25, 2022
Seriously considering quitting Twitter
— Janet Fry (@JanetFSchneider) April 25, 2022
As Breitbart News previously reported, bluecheck meltdowns have been commonplace on Twitter ever since Musk announced plans to buy the platform.
Allum Bokhari is Breitbart News’ Senior Technology Correspondent. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s battle to erase the Trump movement and steal the election.