Quitting Twitter simpler stated than finished

    PARIS (AFP) – Quit Twitter – that’s what some customers spooked by tech billionaire Elon Musk’s buy of the social platform say they plan to do.

    But Twitter’s unparalleled viewers means that’s tough for a lot of who need their voice to be heard and affect the worldwide debate.

    Since the announcement on Monday (April 25) that Twitter had accepted Mr Musk’s bid for the corporate some customers have declared their intention to depart Twitter over his plans to unfetter speech on the platform.

    “It’s going to become an even more lawless hateful xenophobic, bigoted, misogynistic space,” English actress and activist Jameela Jamil tweeted to her million followers.

    Promises to go Twitter-free trended underneath hashtags like #DepartTwitter.

    But many are sceptical.

    “The people who say they are #leavingtwitter in India because @elonmusk bought it, are they same people who said they will leave India if @narendramodi becomes the PM. Twice. And NEVER did!” tweeted Indian creator and columnist Shefali Vaidya to his 665,000 followers.

    In mid-April, French journalist Nicolas Henin (52,000 followers) vowed he’d stop the platform if Mr Musk buys Twitter.

    “I still haven’t taken a firm decision,” he instructed AFP on Tuesday.

    “For one, there’s the impression of deserting and then there’s the lack of an alternative.”

    No different platform can simply substitute Twitter for many who go away.

    “What makes Twitter is the community, its 436 million users,” stated Ms Leila Morch, Research Project Coordinator at Stanford University’s Content Policy and Society Lab.

    In phrases of recognition, Discord with its 300 million customers is the closest to Twitter. It helps on-line communities, however in distinction to Twitter it isn’t an open platform: Entry into every group requires an invite.

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    Mastodon, launched in 2016, is a Twitter clone with out promoting and whose supply code is open.

    However the platform’s server is far smaller and it solely has 670,000 customers.

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