Twitter suspends several journalists covering the company and Musk

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Twitter on Thursday suspended the accounts of more than half a dozen journalists who wrote about the company and its new owner, Elon Musk.

Several journalists tweeted about Twitter close @ElonJet account that tracked ‘s flights billionaire private jet and about versions of that account hosted in other social networks.

Twitter did not say why the reporters’ accounts were suspended.

Sarah Reese Jones of news commentary website PoliticusUSA said in a Twitter response to posts about the suspension: friend.

Tests at Twitter showed that the suspended accounts included reporters from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as independent journalists.

An account for rival Twitter mastodons has also been suspended, according to a report by NBCNews.

Musk on Wednesday tweeted that a Los Angeles car carrying one of his children had been tracked by “a crazy stalker” and appeared to be blamed for tracking the jet. his about this alleged incident. In the tweet, he said legal action is being taken against the operator of ElonJet.

The Twitter account that tracks the flights of Musk’s private jet was shut down on Wednesday despite the billionaire’s claims that he is an autocrat over free speech.

“Looks like @ElonJet has been suspended,” creator Jack Sweeney tweeted from his personal @JxckSweeney account, which was also later suspended.

Twitter later announced that it had updated its policy to prohibit tweets that, in most cases, reveal someone’s location in real time.

“Any account that doxx anyone’s real-time location information will be suspended, as it’s a violation of physical safety,” Musk said in a tweet.

“This includes posting links to websites with real-time location information.”

Doxxing refers to the disclosure of identifying information such as a home address or online phone number, often with the aim of abusing someone.

Twitter says tweets sharing a person’s location “out of date” are allowed under the adjusted policy, as are posts about being present at a public event such as a concert.

Sweeney gained attention with his Twitter account that tracks the movements of Musk’s plane and even turned down Musk’s $5,000 offer to shut down @ElonJet, which has hundreds of thousands of followers.

Musk has publicly said he won’t touch the account after buying Twitter in a $44 billion deal as part of his commitment to free speech on the platform.

Flight-tracking websites and several Twitter accounts provide real-time views of air traffic, but that exposure attracted a wide range of responses from complaints to device confiscation.

US rules require that aircraft in designated areas be equipped with ADS-B technology to broadcast the aircraft’s positions using a signal that relatively simple devices can receive. .



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