Twitter suspends journalists who cowl the social community and Elon Musk

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A number of journalists throughout numerous publications have discovered themselves unable to entry their Twitter accounts tonight. They have been suspended on the web site, and in keeping with NBC Information Senior Reporter Ben Collins, one factor they’d in widespread was that they lined the social community and Elon Musk, who as soon as described himself as a “free speech absolutist.” Collins listed the suspended journalists’ accounts on a Twitter thread, together with CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan whose final tweets included his interview with Jack Sweeney, the faculty pupil who ran the @ElonJet account. 

The Washington Submit’s Drew Harwell misplaced his account following a tweet about how Twitter suspended Mastodon, its rival social community that is been gaining reputation since Musk took over, after it posted a hyperlink to the account that tracked Musk’s non-public jet. The New York Occasions’ Ryan Mac misplaced entry to his account after speaking about Sweeney and Twitter’s coverage modifications following @ElonJet’s suspension. Mashable’s Matt Binder additionally discovered himself suspended after retweeting a put up doubting Musk’s declare that he and his son have been adopted by a “loopy stalker” and one other about how Twitter’s new head of belief and security invited a QAnon-adjacent group to debate a partnership. 

Subsequent within the checklist is Micah Flee from The Intercept who not too long ago tweeted: “A lot extra arbitrary censorship on Twitter since @elonmusk took over.” Sports activities and political commentator Keith Olbermann was suspended whereas considered one of Engadget’s editors was studying a thread on his account. Olbermann’s final tweets additionally included criticisms of Musk’s announcement that he is taking authorized motion towards Sweeney and Twitter’s coverage modifications after the suspension of the Musk’s stalker incident. Aaron Rupar, an impartial journalist who was additionally suspended, posted a response on Substack and stated he tweeted that the “@ElonJet account that was suspended from Twitter was nonetheless energetic on Fb, with a hyperlink to the Fb web page.”

As you possibly can see, a lot of the banned accounts talked about Sweeney or linked to @ElonJet not directly. Earlier than the account bought completely suspended, it tracked flights of Musk’s non-public jet utilizing publicly obtainable information. Musk introduced a coverage change for Twitter after the account’s suspension that prohibit’s the doxxing of real-time location data. In a response to that announcement, he stated the automobile carrying his little one was adopted by a stalker. He additionally stated that he’s taking authorized motion towards Sweeney and organizations “who supported hurt to [his] household.”

We reached out to Twitter for a press release, and we’ll replace this put up once we hear again. However replying to a consumer saying they’ve confirmed that the suspended accounts linked to @ElonJet, Musk insinuated that they have been booted off the web site attributable to its new doxxing guidelines. He also said in a separate tweet that criticizing him “all day lengthy is completely fantastic, however doxxing [his] real-time location and endangering [his] household will not be.”

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