On Thursday night, Twitter suspended several prominent journalists on the platform without warning or explanation.
The situation is at the discretion of the company to suspend Mastodon’s Twitter account, an alternative open source social media that has been gaining momentum since Elon Musk took over the company. Twitter took action against Mastodon after the account was linked to Mastodon’s page @ElonJet, a bot made by students track the whereabouts of Musk’s private jet.
At least some of the suspended accounts shared screenshots and observations of Mastodon’s suspension. Just before the suspension, Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell tweeted about Mastodon being kicked off the platform.
Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, The New York Times’ Ryan Mac, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, Mashable’s Matt Binder and journalist Aaron Rupar were also suspended on Thursday night. Many reporters have regularly reported on Musk’s takeover of Twitter in recent months.
Rupar considers suspension on sub stack, observed that while he didn’t know why his account was disabled, he did share a link to ElonJet’s Facebook account during reporting on this topic. Through an alternate account, Mac shared the message he received from Twitter and noted that there was no warning before being permanently suspended.
Several suspended accounts shared Mastodon and ElonJet’s Twitter handling as well as images of the tweet that appears to have caused the old account to be suspended.
Due to Twitter’s reduced human censorship groups, it is possible that automated systems Brand new Twitter rules for accounts like @ElonJet went overboard in this case. But at least it’s likely that this is a case of Musk directing the moderation process based on his own preferences – we won’t know until someone at Twitter explains what’s going on.
Update: Musk only weighed in on the suspensions, claiming they were intentional. “The same doxxing rules apply to “journalists” as they do to everyone else,” he tweeted in a reply.
In one reply, Musk stated that the suspension would only the past seven days. you later tweeted a poll invited his Twitter followers to decide the fate of banned journalists, who had previously been told the account suspension was “permanent”.
TechCrunch reached out to Ella Irwin, Twitter’s new head of trust and safety to explain why accounts aren’t getting a chance to delete offending tweets, which is standard practice for many. Twitter violation. It is worth noting that the policy that these accounts violated, prohibiting share “live location information,” only 24 hours.
This story is evolving…