Jack White and Trent Reznor are no longer on Twitter
In an interview with the hollywood reporterReznor explained that Twitter’s hostile and intense environment coupled with Musk’s acquisition of the platform has alienated him, stating, “We don’t need the arrogance of the billionaire class to feel like they can go in and figure it all out. Even without him involved, I find that it has become such a toxic environment. For my mental health, I need to disconnect. I don’t feel good being there anymore.”
White, who never had a personal Twitter account, made the decision to deactivate his record label, Third Man Records, from Twitter. White published a lengthy explanation of his instagram, in what appeared to be an open letter to Musk. white wrote:
“So you gave Trump his Twitter platform back. Absolutely disgusting, Elon. That’s officially an idiot move. Why aren’t you sincere? Tell it like it is. People like you and Joe Rogan (who gives platforms to liars like Alex Jones, etc.); he gets a bunch of money, sees the tax bill, despises paying his fair share, and then thinks that moving to Texas and supporting whatever Republican he can will help him keep more of his money (How else could he care about Trump?). .”
White brought up the fact that Trump’s account had been permanently banned after the January 6 riots at the Capitol, due to Twitter’s “violence glorification” policy. white wrote:
“Do you intend to give known liars platforms and wash your hands of it like Pontius Pilate and not claim responsibility? Trump was removed from Twitter because he incited violence multiple times, people died and were injured as a result of his lies and his ego (let alone what he did to try to destroy democracy and our Capitol). ”.
While Musk has not responded to White, he acknowledged Reznor’s departure. In an exchange with “Cat Turd 2,” apparently one of Musk’s favorite Twitter accounts that he often responds to, Musk called the outspoken musician a “crybaby” and grudgingly admitted that he enjoys Reznor’s music.
While Trump’s reinstated Twitter account has sparked a great deal of conversation and controversy on the platform, the former president, ironically, has yet to post a single tweet.
Musk claimed to have made his decision after posting a poll on Twitter asking whether he should bring Trump back, with around 52% of respondents to his poll voting in favor of bringing back the former president and 48% voting against.
Whether due to poll results or a predetermined decision, Musk has apparently been keen on Trump’s return, posting memes framing the former president resisting the urge to tweet.
After an appearance at the annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Trump was asked if he would return to Twitter. The former president replied: “I don’t see any reason for it.”
Trump said he would stick with his new Truth Social platform, the app developed by his startup Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which he said had better user engagement than Twitter and was doing “phenomenalously well.”
Trump had an active Twitter account long before he became president, posting insane tweets taunting his enemies and obsessively gossiping about Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson when they were dating.
After becoming president, Trump used the platform to speak directly to his supporters, fueling entire news cycles through his tweets, whether he was doing spelling mistakes, sarcastic comments or going off on a random tangent about something he had just seen on Fox News.
Musk, being a showman, seems desperate for Trump to return to Twitter; the former president is an engagement magnet, and his presence would likely bring more users to the platform. Twitter users soon picked up on the fact that Trump was not interested in returning, despite Musk’s best efforts.
Trump could change his mind as his 2024 presidential campaign approaches. But for now, Musk is losing some big names; Jack White and Trent Reznor are the last of a long list of celebrities who have left the platform, including Stephen Fry, Shonda Rhimes and Gigi Hadid.
Even if Trump never returns to Twitter, at least Musk will always have “Cat Turd 2.”