Edward Snowden recently tweeted for the first time from his personal, verified account.
His Twitter-handle is @Snowden.
Making a bold statement, Snowden has decided to only follow the NSA.
Can you hear me now?
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015
Since then, many have reached out to voice their opinions on Snowden.
The most popular tweets came from movers and shakers in the tech and privacy industries such as former hacker Kevin Mitnick, MegaUpload creator Kim Dotcom and journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Haha. Ed @Snowden only follows the NSA on twitter.
— Kevin Mitnick (@kevinmitnick) September 29, 2015
Welcome to twitter @Snowden 🙂
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) September 29, 2015
Some celebrities made sure to give Snowden a shoutout as well.
Welcome to twitter, @snowden! I had a plugin installed on your twitter page that records all your keystrokes & searches! (Hope that's cool!)
— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) September 29, 2015
Ed @Snowden, after discussing everything from Chemistry to the Constitution on #StarTalk, you're a patriot to me. Stay safe.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) September 29, 2015
Even certain publications couldn’t help but show their support for Snowden’s appearance on Twitter.
Hey @Snowden, nice profile pic:)
— WIRED (@WIRED) September 29, 2015
Although most of the tweets regarding Snowden’s Twitter appearance seem positive, not everyone had good things to say about Snowden.
Presidential Nominee, Gov George Pataki, requested that Twitter take down Snowden’s Twitter account and called him a traitor.
.@Twitter is a great American company that should not give a platform to terrorists or traitors – @Jack shutdown @Snowden today.
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) September 29, 2015
Snowden’s girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, hasn’t said anything about Snowden’s presence on Twitter or the fact that he chose not to follow her on Twitter.