news culture Twitter: Takeover of Elon Musk, harassment… Will Twitch streamers leave the platform?
Everyone is going crazy on Twitter. Elon Musk bought the social network and wants to change its rules. So some are already thinking of finding an alternative. A trend that could reach your favorite streamers. So go or not? What will Twitch streamers do?
Panic on Twitter following Elon Musk takeover
The Elon Musk/Twitter saga has been on the web for months. Claiming that the platform does not sufficiently respect freedom of expression, he embarked on a crazy business: to buy a social network. In January 2022, he therefore began to acquire shares, until becoming, in March, the main shareholder of the box. But this is not enough for the businessman. In April, he made a buyout proposal worth 43 billion dollars (or 54.20 dollars per share). This is where the real adventures begin. Elon suspends and then gives up buying. In response, Twitter decided to sue the businessman. Rotate: Elon Musk finally bought the network from Bird on October 27, 2022. “The bird was released” he announced on his Twitter account. And the least we can say is that the change of direction is not noticed.
Leaving a good part of the payroll, absurd rules, severe crunch, suspended accounts, paid certification… Twitter has only been in the hands of Elon Musk for a few days and there are many reasons to get angry Many network users have expressed their concern. Journalists, actors, writers… Many have spoken on the subject and some, like Whoopi Goldberg, have already expressed their desire to leave the social network. And this wind of panic is also blowing in France. If the European Commissioner Thierry Breton wants to remind that Twitter has to respect European rules, it does not answer all the problems that are threatened. There are many who do not rule out leaving Twitter, despite the importance of the platform for their activities. And if there is one sector where social networks are important, it is influence and content creation. What do you legitimately think if your favorite streamers leave Twitter too. Know that nothing is more certain.
Twitch says bye bye Twitter?
Some streamers have already spoken about the prospect of Elon Musk taking over Twitter. And whether it was Zerator or Antoine Daniel, they didn’t seem too keen on the idea. If the second troll regularly calls him a “The real Tony Stark”the former specifically reacted to the paid certification. In general, French streamers don’t seem too excited about the idea of seeing the businessman realize his dreams of changing the face of Twitter. Just look at the retweet etc favorite streamers such as Mister MV to suspect that they don’t really approve of the situation. If on the American side, Asmongold has openly stated that he is in favor of changing the direction of Twitter, this position clearly does not find a taker for us (at least in public).
Some French streamers have already expressed their desire to move away from Twitter, but this is not really related to the changes imposed by Elon Musk. A few days ago Antoine Daniel so expressed live his desire to abandon the network in the bird to “gain sanity points”. The many controversies and waves of harassment launched recently on Twitter have left him very tired. And the search for “freedom of speech” that the entrepreneur intends to carry out may not help matters.
I’m starting to get ready to deactivate Twitter, well, I’ve made up my mind. Honestly, I’m too addicted to Twitter, I read too much. And even if I delete things, I will always find a way to see. So the only way I can escape from all this is to delete my account. (…) Bitches have many children. It’s tiring and I can’t discipline myself because even if I delete the app from the phone, I will install it later.
Antoine Daniel went live
In another register, it was Sardoche who announced that he was leaving the platform. If he doesn’t plan to deactivate his account, he will stop “discussing and sharing his projects” on Twitter to focus on Instagram (a platform that Antoine Daniel also mentioned). The context here is very different as the streamer is certainly known for launching controversies of all kinds on Twitter. Without forgetting that he is at the heart of a case that changes many things.
Others, no big announcements will be noticed. On the other hand, we sense a general weariness many people have about Twitter and the sometimes crazy controversies it fuels. Mister MV, for example, admitted to being reluctant to close his account. If JDG didn’t do the same, we suspect that the recent controversy about him from an old clip was enough to make him weary of this type of platform. Indeed on Twitter, this story gained momentum, just as his statements about the series did on Twitter Rings of Power was taken up and sometimes diverted to fuel another controversy months ago. A wave of departure to indicate a fed-up or to escape the massive harassment that Twitter can cause should not be included. Especially if Antoine Daniel really closes his account, his colleagues and friends may take the opportunity to follow him. But it’s not that easy…
Sometimes I hesitate to kill the account or file it with a CM, but it’s good to share your views from time to time. If we accept “influence” to sell games, products or request subscriptions, can this also be assumed for our beliefs? My two cents…
Mister MV on Twitter
The problem, as we said, is that Twitter is an important tool in this type of business. As Antoine Daniel mentioned, many sponsors involve tweeting before going live. To leave, it is therefore necessary to find another social network, works like Twitter and allows to reach at least as many people. In the end, it’s the same problem that’s preventing some streamers from leaving Twitch despite the platform’s new bad rules: the lack of alternatives. But some say they’ve found the network that could replace Twitter: Mastodon.
I tried Mastodon: it’s like Twitter, but managed by the URSSAF of Limousin
— Olivier Paquet (@Erion_) November 6, 2022
Mastodon: the miracle solution?
What is Mastodon? It is a social network created in 2016 by young Eugen Rochko and has a small elephant as its logo. And the least we can say is that he looks like Twitter. So when the first changes to the bird network appeared, many turned to the elephant as an alternative. In one week, at least 230,000 people have created a Mastodon account. With its open-source code and the absence of advertising and algorithms, the network seduces. And to think that Antoine Daniel fell into this network before all that, because his Mastodon account has been around for a few years now.
But while some smaller streamers have already expressed their willingness to try to switch to Mastodon, few big streamers have been tempted so far. And that’s not surprising at all. The German social network can accommodate more and more people, but it does not reach as many people as the giant Twitter, which is more popular. For sponsors but also for communication with their community, this can be a real concern for streamers. Moreover, it is not free from any defect. So certainly, according to feedback Mastodon is a network that is more open to discussion and less focused on controversy at all costs, but according to others it is also not very accessible and intuitive, not very secure and not yet developed ( especially for everything related to trends and discoveries). These flaws may prove too disabling for Mastodon to compete with Twitter. Will this be possible in the near future? Nothing is more certain…
An hour later: Mastodon coming from twitter is not that complicated. My impression is that what makes the approach difficult – the selection of an example – can ultimately represent a real added value.
— Official parody by Mathieu Triclot (@MathieuTriclot) November 4, 2022