Elon Musk lifts Twitter bans on journalists

Elon Musk has restored the Twitter accounts of half a dozen journalists who were briefly suspended for showing how to track the location of the billionaire’s private jet.

The move to lift the lockdowns early Saturday came after Musk faced a firestorm of criticism from prominent political figures, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, for suspending the accounts.

The Twitter CEO said he had allowed users to return to the platform based on the results of a 24-hour Twitter poll he released Thursday night, in which he asked whether accounts would recover immediately or in seven days should be. More than 58% of voters called on him to lift the journalists’ suspension “now”.

“People have spoken,” Musk tweeted at 12:18 am Saturday. “Accounts that doxxed my location will now be banned.”

New York Times reporter Ryan Mac, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, Washington Post’s Drew Harwell and other journalists’ accounts were restored after Musk made the announcement.

“I want to thank everyone for the support and kind words over the past day and some changes,” said independent journalist Aaron Rupar, one of those suspended.

“At first I was pretty upset about being suspended, but I quickly realized it would be okay because I’m blessed to have a great online community. Seriously, I really appreciate it. Cheers,” said Rupar.

But a political expert Keith Olbermann’s report was still suspended early Saturday morning. It wasn’t immediately clear why.

Olbermanns The last Twitter post encouraged users to recreate Harwell’s tweet that led to his suspension, sharing information about the location of Musk’s private jet.

The journalists were suspended for about 28 hours after they allegedly shared Musk’s location, violating a new policy the Twitter CEO introduced on Wednesday after he claimed a stalker followed him and hit a car with his little son jumped.

Musk hinted that the man was able to find his child by searching users like @ElonJet, a since-suspended account that tracks real-time usage of his private jet.

The new rule states that all users “Doxxing real-time location info” is suspended. Users may post others’ locations with a “slight delay,” he said.

Musk claimed the journalists he suspended posted his “exact real-time location, basically coordinates of the assassination.”

He attended a Twitter Spaces conference to answer questions from the suspended journalists, many of whom claimed they never shared the tech mogul’s locations.

Musk didn’t offer much explanation other than “You Dox, you’re suspended, end of story.”

“There is no special treatment for journalists,” he also said.

In a Twitter reply, Musk agreed with a user that the “only reason” journalists dox him is to encourage others to harass him and his family.

“In fact, there is no other reason” said Musk.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/17/elon-musk-lifts-twitter-suspensions-of-journalists/ Elon Musk lifts Twitter bans on journalists

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