Stephen Fry has introduced he’s ditching Twitter as he joins a rising record of celebrities to desert the positioning following Elon Musk’s controversial $44bn takeover.
The previous QI host, 65, introduced his departure to his 12.5million followers on Wednesday, posting an image of Scrabble letters spelling out ‘Goodbye’.
The Jeeves and Wooster star is about to hitch new social networking app Mostodon, following within the footsteps of US comic Kathy Griffin – who was banned from Twitter for impersonating billionaire Musk.
It comes after Whoopi Goldberg, 66, additionally closed her account on Monday following a monologue on the US discuss present The View, by which mentioned the social media platform was a ‘mess’.
Her departure got here hours after supermodel Gigi Hadid deactivated her profile and moaned Twitter had turn into ‘extra of a cesspool of hate & bigotry’.
A string of different high-profile, and left-leaning, figures have additionally mentioned they’re going to stop after Tesla proprietor Musk accomplished his chaotic buyout of the platform final month and declared himself ‘Chief Twit’.
A ‘brutal’ clearing out ensued which noticed hundreds of jobs culled, together with many within the UK and Eire, which spectators in comparison with the notorious Crimson Wedding ceremony bloodbath scene from Recreation of Thrones.
However a number of who’ve introduced their departures from Twitter nonetheless have stay accounts on the positioning, together with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and Gray’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.
And it’s not the primary time that Fry has threatened to go away Twitter, declaring ‘the enjoyable is over’ in 2016, following backlash over feedback he made a couple of costume designer.
Stephen Fry (pictured) has introduced he’s ditching Twitter as he joins a rising record of celebrities to desert the positioning amid Elon Musk’s controversial $44bn takeover
A string of different high-profile, and left-leaning, figures have additionally mentioned they’re going to stop after Tesla proprietor Musk (pictured) accomplished his chaotic buyout of the platform final month and declared himself ‘Chief Twit’
Former QI host Fry, 65, introduced his departure to his 12.5million followers on Wednesday, posting an image of Scrabble letters spelling out ‘Goodbye’ (pictured)
Goldberg deactivated her account hours after a monologue on The View complained Twitter was a ‘mess’, making her the newest woke celeb to stop the platform since Elon Musk took over
What’s Mastodon? The social networking web site which has seen its members surge following Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover
Stephen Fry’s Mostodon web page
Mastodon claims to supply ‘a imaginative and prescient of social media that can not be purchased and owned by any billionaire’ – a pointed dig at Twitter proprietor Elon Musk, who’s the richest individual on the planet with a web price of greater than $210billion (£180billion).
It is a free, open-source platform that has a person interface and microblogging options just like Twitter, though the way it works is extra akin to e mail.
Mastodon just isn’t a single web site like Twitter. It’s a community of hundreds of websites, known as ‘servers’ (also called ‘cases’) – unbiased communities that may arrange their very own tips.
Mastodon is decentralised, that means there isn’t any single individual, firm or sever working it, so it’s seen by followers as a extra democratic various.
It was launched in March 2016 by a younger German software program developer known as Eugen Rochko (born 1993), who wished to offer customers extra management over what they see and the way content material is moderated.
‘I used to be a Twitter person for a very long time, and I actually just like the format,’ Rochko informed Esquire in 2018.
‘I wished to proceed utilizing the identical format, however I wished it to be intimate and for different folks to have extra management.’
Mastodon posts every have a 500 character restrict – greater than Twitter’s 280 character restrict – and are known as ‘toots’ slightly than ‘tweets’ like they’re identified on Twitter.
However similar to on Twitter, Mastodon customers could make profiles, comply with different customers and submit messages, photos or movies.
Mastodon customers also can favorite different folks’s toots and repost them on their profile (often known as ‘boosting’ slightly than retweeting).
Twitter appears to be filled with posts from famend customers about how they’ve simply arrange their Mastodon account.
Considered one of whom is American comic Kathy Griffin, who was suspended from Twitter after impersonating new CEO Elon Musk.
On Mastodon, Griffin mentioned Musk was ‘melting down on Twitter due to me’, calling him a ‘drama queen’.
Additionally not too long ago joined is Bob Hardy, bass participant for Scottish band Franz Ferdinand, and American actor and comic Michael Ian Black.
Nevertheless Mastodon just isn’t a single web site like Twitter is.
As an alternative, Mastodon is a community of hundreds of websites, often known as ‘servers’ or cases.
In keeping with Mastodon, if it have been a single web site like Twitter, ‘it might be doomed to recreate all that you simply hate concerning the social media platforms you are making an attempt to go away’.
The Blackadder star branded the positioning a ‘stalking floor for the sanctimoniously self-righteous’ after he made a joke about his pal Jenny Beavan after presenting her award for Greatest Costume Design for her work on Mad Max.
‘Solely one of many nice cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag girl,’ he mentioned as she left the stage, which he later mentioned was a ‘innocent joke’ that Ms Beavan herself had no concern with.
However he deactivated his account amid backlash, saying: ‘It is fairly easy actually: the room had began to scent. Actually fairly dangerous.
‘Now the pool is stagnant. It’s frothy with scum, clogged with weeds and plagued by damaged glass, sharp rocks and slimy garbage.
‘In the event you do not watch your self, with each transfer you will find yourself being gashed, damaged, bruised or contused.
‘To go away that metaphor, allow us to grieve at what Twitter has turn into.
‘A stalking floor for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who like to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended – worse, to be offended on behalf of others they don’t even know.
‘It is as nasty and unwholesome a attribute as might be imagined.
‘It would not matter whether or not they suppose they’re defending ladies, males, transgender folks, Muslims, humanists … the ghastliness is completely the identical.’
Fry, nonetheless, rejoined the positioning inside six months.
In his newest departure, he vowed to hitch Mastodon, one other social media community which has seen a surge in new customers since Musk purchased Twitter.
A spokesman informed the Solar: ‘Stephen Fry thought the time was proper to maneuver on.’
Many conservative commentators throughout the pond have welcomed Musk’s takeover after the billionaire mentioned he’d keep free speech on the platform, following claims right-wing voices have been beforehand silenced or shut down.
Asserting her choice, Goldberg mentioned on The View: ‘I’ll get out, and if it settles down and I really feel extra comfy, possibly I will come again.
‘However as of tonight, I am accomplished with Twitter.’
She mentioned Twitter had turn into ‘a multitude’ since Musk took over and referred to the suspension of Kathy Griffin for impersonating the Twitter boss.
Goldberg added: ‘I am getting off. I am getting off at the moment as a result of I simply really feel like, you already know, it is so messy.’
In the meantime Hadid declared her departure on Saturday, posting on Instagram: ‘For a very long time, however particularly with its new management, it is changing into increasingly of a cesspool of hate & bigotry, and its [sic] not a spot I wish to be aside of.’
In a submit on October 30, three days after the Musk period started, Bareilles wrote: ‘Welp. It has been enjoyable Twitter. I am out.
‘See you on different platforms, peeps. Sorry, this one’s simply not for me.’
Rhimes introduced she was quitting on October 29, however her account additionally remained stay on Monday afternoon.
‘Not hanging round for no matter Elon has deliberate. Bye,’ she mentioned.
Toni Braxton, the seven-time Grammy winner, additionally nonetheless has a presence on the positioning regardless of leaving.
Only a day after Musk’s buy, she wrote: ‘I am shocked and appalled at a number of the ‘free speech’ I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition.
‘Hate speech beneath the veil of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable; subsequently I’m selecting to remain off Twitter as it’s not a protected area for myself, my sons and different POC.’