Elton John, the legendary British singer, says he is quitting Twitter because the social media platform allows what he described as “misinformation”.


The 75-year-old music star announced his departure from the microblogging platform on Friday.

“All my life I’ve tried to use music to bring people together. Yet it saddens me to see how misinformation is now being used to divide our world,” the iconic pianist wrote.

“I’ve decided to no longer use Twitter, given their recent change in policy which will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked.”



On November 23, the social network announced it will no longer enforce a policy to combat misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to Elton’s announcement, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Testa Inc, who bought Twitter for $44 billion in October, said he hoped the music star would be back.

“I love your music. Hope you come back. Is there any misinformation in particular that you’re concerned about?,” Musk asked John.

John becomes the latest celebrity to leave the platform since Musk took over as Twitter CEO.

Whoopi Goldberg, the ace American actress, had called the platform “a mess” before deactivating it on November 7.


Gigi Hadid and Toni Braxton, the US model and singer respectively, had also deleted their accounts.

Other prominent personalities to quit Twitter since Musk took over the platform are Jim Carrey, Shonda Rhimes, David Simon, Jamela Jamil, Trent Reznor, Jack White, Liz Phair, and Stephen Fry.

The platform has been at the centre of controversies recently — most notably antisemitic posts by Kanye West and Kyrie Irving, which were condemned by the ADL, Ari Emanuel, LeBron James among others.


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