Ashton Kutcher has turned his Twitter feed over to his production company after sending a misinformed tweet about ousted Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno, that angered members of the Twittersphere.
“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,” Kutcher wrote on his blog. He will now have Katalyst Media, a production company he co-founded, check his feed to “ensure the quality of its content.”
Kutcher sent a tweet Wednesday night lamenting that Paterno had been fired. This firing occurred, as many people know, because Paterno’s defensive coordinator has been implicated in a child sex-abuse scandal.
The “Two and a Half Men” actor explained on his blog that he sent the tweet after returning from a day of work and seeing a headline on his TV screen.
When he realized the error, he writes, “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.”
Kutcher, who co-founded an organization that fights child sex slavery, was extremely apologetic about the error. He said he would take a sabbatical from tweeting until he could find a way to “properly manage [his] feed,” which he has now done.
While Kutcher said he enjoys Twitter’s ability to bring him closer to friends and fans, he thinks it “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.”
Whatever could he mean?