The Twitter accounts of several journalists who cover Elon Musk were suspended this Thursday and their publications deleted, several US media reported.
Journalists work for outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, or Voice of America.
Some of them, like The New York Times technology reporter Ryan Mac, had recently published stories about the suspension of another account: the one that used publicly available flight data to track the private jet of Elon Musk, who owns Twitter. since the end of October.
Musk himself had previously promised that he would not suspend that account for its “commitment to free speech,” but on Wednesday Twitter changed its rules and prohibited sharing information about “the location of people in real time.”
Although Twitter has not yet made any official comment on the suspensions of journalists, the company’s new head of Trust and Safety, Ella Irwin, assured a reporter for The Verge today that they will suspend “any account that violates privacy rules and puts to other users at risk”.
Musk himself posted a message on the social network on Thursday night saying: “Criticizing me all day is no problem, but revealing my location in real time and endangering my family is.”
Another of the journalists whose account was suspended, CNN reporter Donnie O’Sullivan, had just tweeted about a previous message from Musk in which he claimed that a “crazy stalker” had attacked a car in which his son was traveling in Los Angeles California).
Musk bought Twitter at the end of October for $44 billion.
On Monday, the company closed its advisory team against hate speech, in full controversy over Musk’s policy of “amnesty” towards accounts previously suspended for violating the rules of the social network, such as that of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021).
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.