The actor and social media entrepreneur says he doesn’t feel comfortable managing his own account anymore
Longtime Twitter advocate Ashton Kutcher — he of the more than 8 million followers — has handed over control of his personal account to his production company following a controversial tweet he made Wednesday night about fired Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Kutcher wrote a post on his blog Thursday morning explaining that he was handing over management of the feed to Katalyst Media “to ensure the quality of it’s content.”
Kutcher, a leading social media entrepreneur amongst the Hollywood sect, sparked an onslaught of Twitter vitriol when he defended Paterno, the recently fired Penn State football coach.
“How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste,” Kutcher tweeted.
In his blog post, Kutcher claims he thought Paterno was fired for poor performance.
In fact, Penn State showed the door to the winningest coach in college football history because of a sexual abuse scandal involving one of Paterno’s former assistants.
Kutcher wrote that when realized this fact, he took to Twitter to apologize.
“As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case,” he tweeted.
And then: “As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won't happen again.”
In his blog post, Kutcher explained what he saw as the evolving nature of Twitter.
The platform has transitioned, he wrote, from “a community driven education tool, and opionion center that encouraged healthy debate,” to a “mass publishing platform, where ones tweets quickly becomes news that is broadcasted around the world and misinformation becomes volitile fotter for critics (sic).”
Those spelling errors are just a few of many throughout the post, so maybe someone should spell check his blog, too.
That said, it's never good to lose an original Twitter voice.