Ashton Kutcher Hands Over His Twitter Account

Ashton Kutcher has surrendered in the war against Internet trolls, and has handed over his Twitter account to his production company, Katalyst HQ.

Kutcher had tweeted out a note of support to former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who was fired on Wednesday night, which caught a lot of heat from followers who believed the firing was justified.

*Paterno was fired over the allegations that another former Penn State football coach allegedly committed sexual acts with as many as 20 young boys.  Paterno was informed by a witness in 2002, and told his superiors, but ultimately never followed up.

You can be the judge on whether or not he should have been fired/not fired, there are plenty on both sides.

Back to Kutcher,  the “Two and a Half Men” star returned to Twitter to face the backlash, admitting that he had no idea of the case, and thought it was a “football thing.”  He quickly apologized for being ignorant to the story, and tweeting before having the facts.

Check out the post from his official blog:

Up until today I have posted virtually every one of my tweets on my own, but clearly the platform has become to big to be managed by a single individual.  When I started using twitter it was a communication platform that people could say what they are thinking in real time and if their facts where 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 broadcasted 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 truly am sorry if I offended anyone and more over am going to take action to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

A collection of over 8 million followers is not to be taken for granted.  I feel responsible for delivering an informed opinion and not spreading 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 that 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 Media to ensure the quality of it’s content.  My sincere apologies to anyone who I have offended. It was a mistake that I don’t think will happen again.

We actually feel bad for Ashton here.  Not only did he make a simple mistake, that could actually be his opinion.  A.) He should be allowed to have his own opinion of a situation.  B.) There are many who are against this firing.   He would not be in the minority.

Good luck Ashton.

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