Ashton Kutcher Hands Over Twitter Account to Management
Everybody makes mistakes, but everybody doesn't have 8.2 million Twitter followers hanging on their every word.
Ashton Kutcher sparked outrage Wednesday night after posting an ill-informed tweet defending ousted Penn State football coach Joe Paterno who was fired for his ties to a child sex scandal. (Paterno, 84, was forced to end his 46-year career after former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged over the weekend on 40 counts of sexual abuse of children. Paterno apparently failed to act and contact the authorities when alerted about Sandusky's misconduct nearly a decade ago.)
The 33-year-old Two and a Half Men star soon discovered he didn't know the whole story; he apologized, but for many of his Twitter followers, it wasn't enough.
On Thursday, Kutcher tweeted a link to his blog, where he announced that he was handing over "management of the feed over to my team at Katalyst as a secondary editorial measure, to ensure the quality of this content."
"When I first started using Twitter, it was a communication platform that people could say what they were thinking in real time, and if their facts were wrong the community would quickly and helpfully reframe an opinion," he wrote. "It seems that today 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."
Kutcher, whose DNA Foundation with estranged wife Demi Moore fights to end child sex trafficking, wrote that "as an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more deeply saddened by the events at Penn State."
He explained that his defense of Paterno was a "misinformed post" and only spoke to football statistics. Despite deleting the tweet and apologizing, Kutcher couldn't do "enough to satisfy people's outrage."
"I am truly sorry," he wrote. "And moreover [I] am going to take action to ensure that it doesn't happen again."
"I feel responsible to deliver informed opinions and not spread gossip or rumors through my Twitter feed," he added. By turning over the management of his @aplusk handle to his production company, he promises fans the tweet "was a mistake that will not happen again."
Seemingly taking his error in stride, Kutcher tweeted a photo of a t-shirt that said: "I'm with stupid' and had an error pointing to his face.