Elon Musk on Saturday lifted the suspension of the Twitter accounts of some journalists he had previously banned following the results of a survey he conducted among Twitter users.
The Twitter owner tweeted, “The people have spoken. The suspensions of the accounts that doxed my location will now be lifted.”
According to Fox News, a US-based news outlet, Musk gave users 24 hours to choose whether the accounts should be restored “immediately” or “in 7 days”. In a 59-41 point split, Twitter users overwhelmingly chose “now”. The survey received responses from approximately 3.7 million Twitter users.
In a separate poll conducted Thursday, Musk said “now” also outperformed “tomorrow,” “in 7 days,” and “in the long run,” but Musk said there were “too many options” in the poll.
Well-known legacy media reporters, including CNN correspondent Donny O’Sullivan, New York Times technology reporter Ryan Mack, and Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell, were suddenly informed that they were “permanently fired” during what was known as “Thursday Night”. was suspended”. Massacre.”
The Intercept reporters Micah Lee, Voice of America’s Steve Harmon, Mashable’s Matt Binder, ex-MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and ex-Vox’s Aaron Rupar were also impressed.
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The controversy began when @ElonJet, an account that only tracked Musk’s use of private jets, was suspended. Because the account was “showing real-time location information” and posting a video of a “crazy stalker” harassing his child in Los Angeles, the Twitter owner was believed to be present, Musk claimed. Did that the account was suspended for “Physical Security Violation”. and was consequently suspended. Musk threatened to sue anyone who used the account.
On Wednesday, Musk warned Twitter users, “Any account doxing real-time location information of any individual will be suspended, as this is a physical security breach. This includes sites with real-time location information.” Including posting the link.”
Users who were banned from Twitter on Thursday either shared links to private aircraft surveillance on their Twitter accounts or reported suspension to @ElonJet.
According to Fox News, many criticized the basis for Musk’s “doxing” accusations because his use of private jets is public knowledge, while others accused him of hypocrisy because the billionaire himself “doxed” himself during his tenure. referred to as the “speech autocracy”. twitter acquisition
Statements by CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post criticized the “impulsive and inappropriate” action and demanded that their reporters be allowed back on Twitter.
Many people supported Musk, claiming that the journalists had violated the rules. Others rejoiced in the suspension, claiming that the individuals sentenced supported censorship and remained silent when Twitter retaliated against others before Musk, such as the New York Post during the 2020 presidential election. For his reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal.
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