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Journalists Suspended by Twitter over Covering Elon Musk & His Company

Journalists Suspended by Twitter over Covering Elon Musk & His Company

Elon Musk found himself in a Twitter Space because of new rules banning private jet tracking. A Twitter account published the whereabouts of his plane and it was suspended accordingly.

On Tuesday evening, Twitter suddenly suspended the accounts of several high-profile journalists who cover the platform and Elon Musk – one of the wealthiest people in the world, who also happens to be the CEO of the same company. Elon Musk acquired the company a few months ago.

Hours after the suspensions took place, Musk was seen facing off with one of the suspended journalists in a Twitter Space audio discussion that held over 30,000 listeners. The concerned journalist, along with the others, found a backdoor path leading to the platform through the audio function of the website. 

In order to explain the latest policy to the group, Musk said, “You doxx, you get suspended. End of story. That’s it.” Then he left minutes after joining the meeting itself.

Elon Musk alluded to Twitter’s latest rule change that was put in place this Wednesday. It disallows users from tweeting about private jets, including his own.

The accounts suspended as of Thursday evening belong to Ryan Mac of The New York Times, Drew Harwell of The Washington Post, Donie O’Sullivan of CNN, Micah Lee of The Intercept, Matt Binder of Mashable, Steve Herman of Voice of America, and other independent journalists Keith Olbermann, Aaron Rupar, and Tony Webster. 

A platform billed as an alternative to Twitter known as Mastodon was also suspended early on Thursday evening. Accounts operated by NBC news journalists could not tweet any links to Mastadon pages. Mastodon, however, was trending on Twitter.

According to Elon Musk, the suspension of these accounts stemmed from Twitter’s new rules that ban private jet trackers. Musk said this in a response to a tweet from Mike Solana, vice president of the venture capital firm called Founders Fund. Solana noticed that the suspended accounts were posting links to jet trackers on several other websites. 

Musk said in another tweet, “criticizing me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not.”

Musk also tweeted that the accounts that got suspended on Tuesday posted, “my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service.” 

However, it was later added by Musk that the suspensions would last about seven days.

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