The celebrities who are leaving Twitter after Elon Musk’s takeover: See the list

Now that Elon Musk owns Twitter Inc., a small but growing number of celebrities, actors and artists say they are leaving the social media platform because of fears of what could happen under Mr. Musk’s leadership.

These users say they can’t wait to find out what kind of changes Mr. Musk implements. Even before he completed his $44 billion takeover last week, he said he was considering changes such as loosening free speech rules and allowing banned users back on Twitter. These shifts, some users say, could make it easier to circulate hate speech.

Mr. Musk said in tweets early Wednesday that people who had been removed for violating Twitter’s rules will not be allowed back on the platform until the company has a clear process in place. It could take at least a few weeks to implement, he said.

Of course, it remains to be seen if these celebrities will keep their promises to stay away from the platform. Twitter has more than 237 million users.

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Mr. Musk responded with emojis to a tweet on Tuesday about people investigating which celebrities were leaving Twitter. He tweeted a laughing emoji and a ghost emoji.

Representatives of Mr. Musk did not return requests for comment.

The migration from Twitter mirrored a move earlier this year by musicians, including rocker Neil Young and folk singer Joni Mitchell, who sourced their music from Spotify Technology SA. They objected to the streaming company broadcasting what they said was misinformation about Covid-19 on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

Last year, some supporters of former President Donald Trump said they were leaving Twitter after he was banned from the platform. Twitter suspended his account because it said he incited violence during the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

Here’s a list of some notable people who said they’re leaving Twitter:

Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles wrote ‘It’s been fun Twitter. I’m out,’ on Twitter.


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The 42-year-old singer known for hits like “Brave” and “King of Anything” wrote on Twitter last weekend that she wanted to see people on other platforms.

“Help. It’s been fun Twitter. I’m out,” she wrote, while adding: “Sorry, this one just isn’t for me.”

Toni Braxton

“I’m shocked and appalled by some of the ‘freedom of speech’ I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition,” said Braxton, a 55-year-old R&B artist whose songs include “Un-Break My Heart.”

“I choose to stay off Twitter as it is no longer a safe place for myself, my sons and other POC,” she wrote on Twitter last weekusing the abbreviation for colored.

Toni Braxton said she ‘chose to stay off Twitter’.


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Téa Leoni

The actress, 56, is known for starring in the CBS show “Madam Secretary” as well as other movies and TV shows.

“I’m off Twitter today — let’s see where we’re at when the dust settles,” she wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “Today the dust has revealed too much hatred.”

Brian Koppelman

In the days before Mr. After Musk closed his deal with Twitter, Koppelman, the “Billions” showrunner, said his followers could find him on Instagram and TikTok.

“We will really try to take a breather from here for a minute or a month when the deal is close,” Mr Koppelman, 56, wrote on Twitter.

Ken Olin

“Hey everybody — I’m outta here,” the 68-year-old actor and producer of shows including “This Is Us” wrote on Twitter last week. “Let’s keep the faith. Let’s protect our democracy.”

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes wrote on Twitter that she ‘didn’t hang around for what Elon has planned.’


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The 52-year-old showrunner and producer behind hit shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” wrote on Twitter Saturday: “Not hanging on to what Elon has planned. Goodbye.”

Here are some notable people who said they are considering quitting Twitter:

Josh Gad

The 41-year-old actor, most recently known for voicing Olaf in the “Frozen” movies, said he was leaning toward staying on Twitter, but he wasn’t sure.

“Hate speech intended to incite harm, (without consequences) is not what I signed up for,” he wrote on the platform last week.

He has tweeted frequently since then.

Josh Gad said he was considering leaving Twitter.


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Stephen King

The prolific writer, 75 years old, was at the center of Mr. Musk debated Tuesday charging a monthly fee for verified accounts.

“If it gets enacted, I’m gone like Enron,” he wrote on Twitter Monday. Mr. Musk responded that his company would have to pay the bills somehow. Mr. Musk later announced that Twitter would indeed implement the fee. Mr. King has since been active on Twitter.

Write to Alyssa Lukpat at alyssa.lukpat@wsj.com

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