Ashton Kutcher--one of the most followed people on Twitter--announced on Thursday that he is taking an indefinite hiatus from personally tweeting from his account after a backlash over a comment he made in support of Penn State coach Joe Paterno.
On Wednesday night, Kutcher wrote to his 8 million-plus followers:
How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste
He later deleted the tweet, but not before it ricocheted around the Internet.
On Thursday, the "Two and a Half Men" star announced on his blog that he is turning over the "management" of his Twitter account to staffers at Katalyst Media, Kutcher's tech start-up.
"Up until today, I have posted virtually every one of my tweets on my own," Kutcher wrote, "but clearly the platform has become too big to be managed by a single individual. ... Twitter has grown into a mass publishing platform, where [one's] tweets quickly become news that is broadcast around the world and misinformation becomes volatile fodder for critics."
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