Tech entrepreneur Marc Andreessen is leaving Twitter (at least temporarily) after suspending his account and deleting all of his past tweets late Saturday night.
Colloquially dubbed the father of the “Tweetstorm,” the Silicon Valley bigwig is famous for being extremely active on Twitter. He is even more well known as a powerful venture capitalist, the founder of Netscape, and coauthor of the first popular Web browser Mosaic. (RELATED: Silicon Valley Seems To Love Burying Conservative News)
Fellow investor and tech aficionado Sam Altman left Twitter at the beginning of the summer because the social media platform “rewards negativity and snark.” Altman, who founded Y Combinator, a powerful start-up incubator, said his “brain gets polluted” and that he feels “worse after using Twitter.” Altman could not stay away for too long despite his vocal denunciation of the platform, making a tweet five days after the ostensible hiatus, and then returning for good roughly two months later.
5/ I’d like to use Twitter in a more limited way, but it’s extremely addictive. So I need to take awhile off first to break the cycle 🙂
— Sam Altman (@sama) June 15, 2016
Andreessen left abruptly relative to Altman’s dubious departure.
Taking a Twitter break!
— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) September 25, 2016
There are no other tweets on his official Twitter page. Unlike Altman, Andreessen did not leave his followers with any reasoning for leaving. Perhaps he shares the same sentiment as Altman, that Twitter has become a cesspool for internet trolls and empowered users to spew opinions contrary to his own. (RELATED: Twitter Is Having A Field Day Right Now Roasting Dems Over #DemocratWarMovies)
But Andreessen said it was merely “just a break from Twitter,” according to TechCrunch.
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