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Call it the end of an era. Ashton Kutcher
is turning his Twitter over to his management team in the name of responsibility after an embarrassing flub.
On Wednesday night Ashton criticized Penn State's decision to fire legendary head football coach Joe Paterno before he knew about allegations the coach had helped cover up the a now infamous sexual abuse scandal. Upon realizing his mistake, Ashton pulled the Tweet and issued an apology, but the incident shook him up, and he decided to temporarily stop Tweeting. Later on Thursday he posted a link to a statement explaining some new changes to his Twitter feed.
"Up until today, I have posted virtually every one of my tweets on my own, but clearly the platform has become too big to be managed by a single individual," he explained in the first line of the statement. He goes on to explain how he made the mistake and wraps things up thusly: "While I will continue to express myself through @Aplusk, I'm going to turn the management of the feed over to my team at Katalyst as a secondary editorial measure, to ensure the quality of its content. My sincere apologies to anyone who I offended. It was a mistake that will not happen again."
While it's great that Ashton is taking such a responsible course of action, it's somewhat disheartening to see Twitter's pioneering celebrity step back from the platform. Instead of getting the (sometimes inappropriate) Ashton whose unfiltered thoughts offered an interesting insight into the actor for his fans, we'll now get just another carefully managed and sanitized Twitter feed like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton's accounts.
Check out Ashton's full statement
below: Up until today, I have posted virtually every one of my tweets on my own, but clearly the platform has become too big to be managed by a single individual. When I started using twitter, it was a communication platform that people could say what they were thinking in real time and if their facts were wrong the community would quickly and helpfully reframe an opinion. It was a conversation, a community driven education tool, and opinion center that encouraged healthy debate. It seems that today that twitter has grown into a mass publishing platform, where ones tweets quickly become news that is broadcast around the world and misinformation becomes volatile fodder for critics.
Last night after returning home from work, I walked by the television and simply saw a headline that Joe Paterno had been fired. Having no more information than that, I assumed that he had been fired due to poor performance as an aging coach. As a football fan and someone who had watched Joe's career move from that of legend/innovator to a head coach that fulfilled his duty in the booth, I assumed that the university had let him go due to football related issues. With that assumption (how dare I assume) I posted a tweet defending his career. I then when about my evening, had some dinner, did a little work, and about an hour later turned on ESPN where I got the full story. I quickly went back on my twitter account and found a hailstorm of responses calling me an "idiot" and several other expletives that I've become accustom to hearing for almost anything I post. I quickly retracted and deleted my previous post; however, that didn't seem enough to satisfy people’s outrage at my misinformed post. I am truly sorry. And moreover am going to take action to ensure that it doesn't happen again. And as an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more deeply saddened by the events at Penn State.
A collection of over 8 million followers is not to be taken for granted. I feel responsible to deliver informed opinions and not spread gossip or rumors through my twitter feed. While I feel that running this feed myself gives me a closer relationship to my friends and fans I've come to realize that it has grown into more than a fun tool to communicate with people. While I will continue to express myself through @Aplusk, I'm going to turn the management of the feed over to my team at Katalyst as a secondary editorial measure, to ensure the quality of its content. My sincere apologies to anyone who I offended. It was a mistake that will not happen again.
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