As anime fans scramble for an alternative, many animators and other creatives in the anime industry are fearing for their careers amid rumors of an imminent Twitter shutdown.
Recently, news broke out about the mass quitting of employees on Twitter following internal policy changes of the new CEO, Elon Musk.
Because of the massive number of employees that quit in a short period, there are fears that this will lead to a Twitter shutdown in the coming days.
Twitter Shutdown Fears, Anime Fans React
Twitter has been a hot topic over the past few weeks, especially with Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk acquiring the company in late October.
After purchasing Twitter, Musk became the company’s CEO and promptly laid off a significant portion of Twitter’s workforce.
Musk also fired top executives of the company, including CEO Parag Agrawal.
Following this, Musk introduced a new subscription service where users can pay eight dollars a month to get a blue check mark that was previously limited only to verified users. Though this was soon put on hold following the spread of fake accounts.
Earlier today, reports broke out about the mass quitting of employees on Twitter, leading many to believe that the site might soon shut down due to the lack of workers handling the platform.
In response, anime fans on Twitter have begun posting their “final Tweets” and discussing which platform to move to.
This is because Twitter has been one of the biggest platforms for anime news and discussions online.
Animators Are Concerned for Their Careers
Many official anime and manga announcements are made on Twitter, making it a central platform for anime fans.
Twitter is also the place for animators to get connected with production companies.
Because of this, many animators and anime industry freelancers from all over the world are now worried about their careers.
For instance, @FARfromani is a professional who works in anime production and translation.
Following the shutdown rumors, they shared their contact information so that they can be contacted outside of Twitter.
Many anime industry professionals go to Twitter to hire translators and external production staff.
Because of this, there is going to be a need for a new platform for producers and freelancers to connect.
Anime fans are also expecting the possible Twitter shutdown to affect anime release schedules.
After all, many current anime titles are produced with the help of freelancers from all over the world that are hired through Twitter.
While Twitter is not part of the anime production process, it is an important platform for the industry when it comes to talent acquisition and promotion.
Because of this, it will be interesting to see if a platform will rise up to take Twitter's place if it does shut down soon.
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