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Why users threaten to quit Twitter when Elon Musk takes over

In light of Elon Musk's plans to buy Twitter, many users are threatening to quit Twitter. but why?


Why users threaten to quit Twitter when Elon Musk takes over


To say the Twitterverse has opinions about Elon Musk taking over is an understatement. But some users are even threatening to quit Twitter in response to the billionaire's takeover of the site.



It may seem like a mass exodus is about to happen, but why? In this article, we'll explore the causes.



Twitter users threatened to close their accounts
Twitter users regularly threaten to quit the platform. However, the threat appears real, as some have already deleted their accounts due to the possibility that Elon Musk will change things on Twitter once the deal is completed.



Once the Twitter board accepted Musk's offer to buy Twitter, Visualping noted an 82% increase in search volumes for "delete Twitter account" in the US alone.



The hashtag #GoodByeTwitter has also started appearing on the platform. The messages were split between people promising to delete their accounts and others telling them "the misfortune".



Why do people threaten to quit Twitter?
The main reason people are threatening to quit Twitter is, quite simply, that Elon Musk has taken over. So let's analyze this and see exactly why this change of ownership has caused an extreme reaction.



1. Musk's views on freedom of expression
One of the things Musk has said repeatedly, especially in the past few months, is that Twitter needs to respect the right to free speech. He believes Twitter has been censoring too many users.



Right-wingers have complained that Twitter is tilting to the left, while left-wingers believe the opposite is true.



Whether we're talking about banning former US President Trump for violating the ToS on Twitter, banning anti-extremist views, banning misinformation about the pandemic, expressing racist views, or tweeting threats of violence, some believe Twitter has gone that far. Includes musk.



Musk has spoken of his belief that Twitter infringes upon free speech. He says his definition of free speech goes beyond the law.



After Musk's statement, people fear that any modification of content beyond what the law recognizes will be seen as censorship. As a result, policies to modify misinformation can become extinct, as can all measures put in place to mitigate harassment against those with different opinions, of different race, gender, etc.



2. The belief that Musk is a demagogue
Not for the first time, Musk has been called a demagogue. People think he will break Twitter rules to boost his popularity.



And Musk himself did not help express his desire to open Twitter's algorithms to the public. Many political voices are demanding the ability to check algorithms to find out what makes Twitter tick, and most importantly, how to make it work for them.



3. Fears that Twitter could turn into a cesspool
Twitter has been around since 2006, and since then, it has managed to create a system that allows it to tweak some of the more dangerous messages posted by its users. The platform is known to punish threats of violence, misinformation, racism, sexism, and more.



Musk wants to advance the agenda of complete freedom of expression. But this may leave Twitter without the means and the power to put an end to the vile behavior so many of us have suffered on Twitter.



US law may not penalize people who send racist messages, but that doesn't mean it's okay to express it in a public forum. And since social media and online anonymity can bring out the worst in people, Twitter can quickly turn into a cesspool.



4. Twitter will only be in the hands of one person
Another major issue people have with Musk buying Twitter is that the service can become its own playground. Musk has expressed his intent to make the platform private when the deal is completed. This will remove it from the exchange and put it in the hands of only one person.



Currently, Twitter is a publicly traded company, which means that every person who has bought Twitter shares owns a small portion of the company. Once Musk buys Twitter, he will have complete ownership of the company and complete control of the company.



Why is this important? Since publicly traded companies must tread carefully on sensitive topics for fear of hurting their stock price, they must issue quarterly and annual reports detailing how the company is performing, and more. Musk wouldn't have to do any of this, and there would be no one to hold him accountable.



Will people actually leave Twitter?
While #GoodByeTwitter may be trending for days and inquiries have been rising about how to cancel your Twitter account, the truth is that very few users will ever deal with this threat.



Claiming their Twitter accounts to be taken down is the empty threat today, similar to the way the phrase "I'm moving to Canada if my favorite candidate doesn't win" appears every time there is a US election. It's an emotional response to an exciting situation, but the best decision is to wait until it's over and see what happens.



Twitter users threaten to quit smoking but continue
Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter comes with a lot of uncertainty about the future of the platform, but it is likely that the user base will remain the same. While some keep their promise to quit, we suspect most will continue to use Twitter even when Musk takes over.

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