Searches for 'how to delete Twitter' increase by 500% following Elon Musk's takeover

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By Carina Murphy

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Ever since Elon Musk took over Twitter, celebrities have been announcing that they're ditching the social media platform.

Meanwhile, it looks like it isn't just famous faces who are opting to quit Twitter now that the Tesla boss is in charge.

According to Google search engine data, searches for how to leave the platform have gone up by 500 percent since Musk took charge last week. Per Mail Online, experts at security firm VPNOverview established that global searches for 'How to delete Twitter' surged by 500 percent from October 24 to October 31.

Meanwhile, searches for "boycott Twitter" were up by 4,800 percent between October 26 and November 2, per Google Trends results.

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Deleting Twitter is a pretty straightforward process. All users need do is head to their privacy settings, tap account, and then hit the 'deactivate' button.

Musk has not been shy about implementing big changes at Twitter since purchasing the company for $44 billion.

As well as reportedly firing several of the company's top executives, the Space X Founder has also dissolved Twitter's board and named himself the "sole director".

Per The Independent, a new SEC filing shows Musk let go of nine directors - including board chairman Bret Taylor and CEO Parag Agrawal - within days of completing his takeover.

Musk has also been using his own Twitter account to drop hints as to what he has in store for the platform.

Earlier this week, he revealed that the platform's verification stamp - or 'blue tick' - would now cost $8 a month.

"Twitter's current lords [and] peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bulls***. Power to the people! Blue for $8/month," he tweeted.

Musk also hinted earlier this year that he might reinstate blocked users like former President Donald Trump. The billionaire announced that if his bid to buy Twitter was successful he would "reverse the permanent ban" against Trump's account.

"Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or scam, spam accounts… I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump," Musk said at the time, per CNBC.

Despite this, Musk appeared to reassure users earlier this week that all "de-platformed" users would be vetted by a "content moderation council" before being reinstated.

"Twitter will not allow anyone who was de-platformed for violating Twitter rules back on platform until we have a clear process for doing so, which will take at least a few more weeks," Musk wrote.

He added: "Twitter's content moderation council will include representatives with widely divergent views, which will certainly include the civil rights community and groups who face hate-fueled violence."

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Searches for 'how to delete Twitter' increase by 500% following Elon Musk's takeover

vt-author-image

By Carina Murphy

Article saved!Article saved!

Ever since Elon Musk took over Twitter, celebrities have been announcing that they're ditching the social media platform.

Meanwhile, it looks like it isn't just famous faces who are opting to quit Twitter now that the Tesla boss is in charge.

According to Google search engine data, searches for how to leave the platform have gone up by 500 percent since Musk took charge last week. Per Mail Online, experts at security firm VPNOverview established that global searches for 'How to delete Twitter' surged by 500 percent from October 24 to October 31.

Meanwhile, searches for "boycott Twitter" were up by 4,800 percent between October 26 and November 2, per Google Trends results.

size-large wp-image-1263174924
Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

Deleting Twitter is a pretty straightforward process. All users need do is head to their privacy settings, tap account, and then hit the 'deactivate' button.

Musk has not been shy about implementing big changes at Twitter since purchasing the company for $44 billion.

As well as reportedly firing several of the company's top executives, the Space X Founder has also dissolved Twitter's board and named himself the "sole director".

Per The Independent, a new SEC filing shows Musk let go of nine directors - including board chairman Bret Taylor and CEO Parag Agrawal - within days of completing his takeover.

Musk has also been using his own Twitter account to drop hints as to what he has in store for the platform.

Earlier this week, he revealed that the platform's verification stamp - or 'blue tick' - would now cost $8 a month.

"Twitter's current lords [and] peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bulls***. Power to the people! Blue for $8/month," he tweeted.

Musk also hinted earlier this year that he might reinstate blocked users like former President Donald Trump. The billionaire announced that if his bid to buy Twitter was successful he would "reverse the permanent ban" against Trump's account.

"Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or scam, spam accounts… I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump," Musk said at the time, per CNBC.

Despite this, Musk appeared to reassure users earlier this week that all "de-platformed" users would be vetted by a "content moderation council" before being reinstated.

"Twitter will not allow anyone who was de-platformed for violating Twitter rules back on platform until we have a clear process for doing so, which will take at least a few more weeks," Musk wrote.

He added: "Twitter's content moderation council will include representatives with widely divergent views, which will certainly include the civil rights community and groups who face hate-fueled violence."

Featured Image Credit: REUTERS / Alamy