Twitter bans Mastodon, journalists as Elon Musk explodes from location sharing

by Elon Musk Twitter suddenly ban accounts of one of its competitors and more than half a dozen tech journalists on Thursday night. Musk suggested that the users were banned because they shared information about the @ElonJet account that tracks the movements of Musk’s private jet, which the Twitter CEO claims threatens the safety of the user. he.

The first account Twitter suspended on Thursday was from Mastodon, a Twitter rival that has become popular since Musk took over Twitter. The Mastodon account just advertised that @ElonJet joined its platform after Twitter banned the account for violating a hastily introduced rule about sharing someone’s location.

Who suspended Twitter?

Twitter later suspended the accounts of reporters from outlets like New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN and several independent journalists. The The New York Times’ Ryan Mac, who by the Washington Post Drew Harwell, independent journalist Aaron Rupar and commentator Keith Olbermann were among those suspended. Several journalists shared that they were permanently suspended. A common thread among the banned is that they regularly report on Twitter and Musk and have shared news of @ElonJet being suspended from Twitter and its reappearance on Mastodon.

Sources at Twitter say they don’t know why these suspensions are happening. “All these decisions are now hidden,” said one employee said the person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. “Elon is paranoid. So much for complete transparency.

Why is Twitter suspicious of tech journalists?

On Thursday night, Musk implied on Twitter that at least some journalists were banned for covering @ElonJet’s presence on Mastodon. “They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in direct violation of Twitter’s terms of service,” Musk said. tweeted.

The New York Times Is called The suspension of its technology reporter Ryan Mac is “suspicious and regrettable,” and said the paper has not received any explanation for the suspension.

CNN indicate the bans was “impulsive and unwarranted,” and warned that “Twitter’s growing instability will be a staggering concern to anyone using the platform,” in a statement late on Thursday. Thursday.

“We will suspend any account that violates our privacy policy and puts other users at risk. We make no exceptions to this policy for journalists or any other accounts,” said Ella Irwin, head of trust and safety at Twitter. precipice in an emailed statement.

What is Twitter’s ‘doxxing’?‘ policy?

The mass suspension is the latest development in the Twitter debate about “doxxing” or sharing personal information on public social media accounts, often to encourage harassment.

On Wednesday, Twitter introduced a new rule that Forbidden person from sharing “live location information” on the platform. Twitter forbidden @ElonJet, used publicly available flight information to share the location of Musk’s private jet, same day. (Musk had previously committed to keeping followers on Twitter to show off “pledge free speech.”)

musk statement on Twitter that accounts that share someone’s location in real time are a security threat and he will take legal action against Jack Sweeney, the man behind the @ElonJet account.

In the same thread, Musk posted a video of someone he thought was watching the car carrying his son X AE A-XII. “Does anyone recognize this person or vehicle?” musk tweeted, display license plate number. (Users noted that, by sharing license plates, the Twitter CEO was ‘doxxing’ someone himself.)

The Los Angeles Police Department said it was “aware of the situation and Elon Musk’s tweets,” although “no crime reports have been filed.” CNN‘s Donie O’Sullivan tweeted on Thursday night. O’Sullivan’s account is prohibit At moment later.

Additional reporting by Kylie Robinson.

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