Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has suspended several journalists and liberal commentator Keith Olbermann for reporting on an account tracking his private flights.
The journalists were suspended Thursday night after Musk announced legal action would be taken against the college student who ran the tracking account over an incident in which a “crazy stalker” approached a car containing Musk’s son.
“Any account doxxing real-time location information of anyone will be banned as it is a physical security breach. This includes posting links to websites with real-time location information,” Musk explained. “Posting places someone has traveled to with a bit of delay isn’t a safety issue, so it’s fine.”
Hours later, journalists lost access to their accounts.
suspended were CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, Washington Post’s Drew Harwell, New York Times’ Ryan Mac and independent journalist Aaron Rupar.
Musk tweeted the reasons for the suspensions.
“The same doxxing rules apply to ‘journalists’ as to everyone else,” he wrote.
“They posted my exact real-time location, basically the coordinates of the assassination, in (obviously) direct violation of Twitter’s terms of service,” he added in a second tweet.
Some of Musk’s critics pointed out that the action seemed very arbitrary and hypocritical against his statements on the obligation to free speech. Before taking over Twitter, he said he would allow the account to continue posting his location information.
“My commitment to freedom of expression extends even to not suspending the account after my plane, even though it poses a direct personal security risk,” Musk said in a expression back then.
Olberman appeared getting banned for trying to get his follower to post the link that banned a journalist.
Appearing on CNN, O’Sullivan accused Musk of simply banning accounts he didn’t like. He also said that prior to his suspension, he reported that the Los Angeles Police Department had no record of the assault on Musk’s child.
Here’s more about the Musk suspensions:
CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan’s Twitter account has been suspended after reporting the user’s suspension by Elon Muskwww.youtube.com
https://www.theblaze.com/news/musk-ban-journalist-doxxing-jet Elon Musk suspends journalists and Keith Olbermann for alleged “doxxing” in connection with the release of his private jet location