#RIPTwitter? Users dread future of platform amid tumultuous Musk takeover

Christa Escudero

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#RIPTwitter? Users dread future of platform amid tumultuous Musk takeover
Users cope with the platform’s feared collapse in classic Twitter fashion

Is this the end of an era? 

Twitter users seem to believe so, as #RIPTwitter became the top trend on the platform after news of an employee exodus spread on Friday, November 18.

The hashtag has accumulated nearly 1 million tweets as of writing. #GoodbyeTwitter also trended with more than 100,000 tweets.

Twitter users have also talked about migrating to other social media platforms, with Tumblr, Discord, and Mastodon also trending on social media. (READ: Twitter alternatives: Mastodon, Reddit, Discord, and 6 more)

It has been a tumultuous few weeks since tech mogul Elon Musk took over as Twitter CEO. 

At the start of his watch, Musk fired top executives and laid off thousands of staff, causing chaos and confusion in the company. 

Those who were laid off include those in charge of the platform’s safety, raising concern among human rights advocates. (READ: How Musk’s Twitter takeover could endanger vulnerable users)

Musk also started charging $8 for the blue check mark, sparking concerns that accounts may spread disinformation at the guise of being “verified.” Soon enough, some users began impersonating public figures such as brands and government officials, drawing the ire of advertisers.

Not long after, senior Twitter executives left, followed by a few more after Musk warned of bankruptcy.

As issues mounted over a Musk-led Twitter, so did worries about the platform’s potential demise. And so users coped in classic Twitter fashion — with memes.

Users began to reminisce about their time on Twitter, with some thanking their fellow users for the ride.

Some users expressed their anxieties over the platform possibly shutting down.

Others talked about finding ways to save the platform somehow.

Meanwhile, some users hit Musk’s actions, criticizing the way he’s handling the company and its current issues.

How did Musk respond to all the tweets? By simply acknowledging the “all-time high” usage of the platform.

On Thursday, November 17, US senators urged the Federal Trade Commission to start a probe as Musk “has taken alarming steps that have undermined the integrity and safety of the platform.” –

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Christa Escudero

Christa Escudero is a digital communications specialist for Rappler.