Elon Musk will lift Twitter ban for six journalists… with conditions

After several journalists were controversially banned for allegedly “doxing” him, Elon Musk lifts the ban almost as quickly as he introduced it, albeit with a catch. Earlier this week, Musk disabled the Twitter Accounts of some high-profile journalists after they were accused of violating the social media company’s newly updated privacy policy.

Last Thursday, Musk suspended the accounts of reporters Donnie O’Sullivan, Aaron Rupar, Keith Olbermann, Linette Lopez, Ryan Mac and Drew Harwell. The journalists are affiliated with several mainstream news outlets including CNN, The Washington Postand The New York Times. Musk bizarrely accused the highly respected journalists of leaking his personal information after they reported the Twitter ban of the popular Elonjet account. The account, run by Florida college student Jack Sweeney, used public flight information to tweet the arrivals and departures of Elon’s private jet. In a November tweet, Musk stated his goal of allowing “free speech” on Twitter, going so far as to say he would not ban Elonjet.

Shortly after Elonjet’s ban, Musk made a change to Twitter’s privacy policy, tweeting, “Any account doxxing real-time location information of anyone will be suspended as it is a breach of physical security.” This includes posting links to websites with real-time location information.” Musk said journalists are not immune to these new restrictions and he defended his decision to disable the accounts.

Twitter users began pressuring Musk to reverse the ban, noting that banning accounts is oddly inconsistent with Musk’s claims to be committed to freedom of speech. He then allowed Twitter to vote on the matter, and approximately 59% of the 3.6 million accounts that took part in the poll agreed that the accounts should be restored immediately. It’s notable that Musk still claims the banned reporters shared his “precise real-time location,” although proof of this remains to be seen.

Several of the suspended accounts were made visible this Saturday, but their accounts remain effectively useless unless they meet one condition: users must delete the tweets Musk claims violated Twitter’s privacy policy. It’s not uncommon for Twitter to require accounts to delete offending tweets, but cracking down on well-regarded journalists — who likely haven’t even hurt anything other than Musk’s feelings, given the lack of evidence of the alleged doxxing — is a slippery one Slope.

Notably, Sweeney’s Elonjet account remains suspended without Musk considering re-establishing it.

Musk’s dominance of Twitter continues to come under scrutiny from major organizations such as the UN, the EU and the mainstream media. in one BBC Report criticizes UN Secretary-General Melissa Fleming Musk, saying: “Media freedom is not a toy. A free press is the cornerstone of democratic societies and a key tool in the fight against harmful disinformation.”

We’ll continue to report on Musk’s “commitment to free speech.”

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Lindsay Lowe

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