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Searches for ‘How to delete Twitter’ surge by 500% 

Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover has led to a 500 percent surge in searches for “how to delete Twitter”.

Security firm VPNOverview has revealed it used Google Trends data to establish that between October 24 and October 31, queries for steps to delete Twitter accounts and calls for “Boycott Twitter” shot up significantly, Daily Mail reported.

Between October 26 and November 2, “boycott Twitter” searches went up by 4,800 percent.

The figures show an unfavourable picture of Musk’s $44 billion takeover of Twitter, which was first made public in April. The “Chief Twit”, now a self-described “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator”, completed the acquisition of the social media company on October 27.

It comes as Twitter found itself under fire for the proposed revolutionary changes to the microblogging platform’s verification processes and allegedly asking its employees to work 12 hours a day for seven days a week to implement those changes.

The current verification system is designed to help users identify influential and authentic Twitter users, including sportspersons, entertainment figures, public representatives and journalists as well as major brands.

Writing by Omotola Oguneye