Twitter is starting to issue what is effectively “critical bans” on several journalists and reporters that cover the social media platform’s new head, Elon Musk. According to The Verge, the list include Ryan Mac of The New York Times, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, The Washington Post’s Drew Harwell, The Intercept’s Micha Lee, Mashable’s Matt Binder, Aaron Rupar, and Tony Webster.
so far, i’ve been able to confirm about half the accounts suspended posted links to the jet tracker thing in violation of the new doxx’ing policy. unclear just yet about the rest, but i think it’s safe to say the rule is for real. https://t.co/8MDCG19kNO
— Mike Solana (@micsolana) December 16, 2022
Ella Irwin, head of trust and safety at Twitter, confirmed the ban of these accounts and said that the platform will suspend any accounts that violate its privacy policies and put other users at risk. “We don’t make exceptions to this policy for journalists or any other accounts.”
Musk himself later responded to the ban with a tweet of his own, responding to a tweet on the situation. “They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service,” Musk’s tweet said. Once again, the tweet was in response to the sharing of links to his private jet’s location, affectionately dubbed the “ElonJet”.
They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Since Musk’s takeover of Twitter in October, the state of the social media platform has been nothing short of a rolling dumpster fire of epic proportions. His plan to charge a monthly US$8 (~RM35) subscription fee to users – US$11 (~RM48) for iOS users – for the pleasure of getting the blue checkmark that verifies the authenticity of users, was suspended after a series of high-profile impersonations emerged. This month, it relaunched the service, adding a gold checkmark this time around.
Statement on tonight’s suspension of CNN’s @donie O’Sullivan: pic.twitter.com/TQGsysxvpf
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 16, 2022
Needless to say, Musk’s bans have not gone down well and as expected, the news platforms of the respective journalist have voiced their discontent against the man’s actions, with CNN releasing a statement, ironically, on the social media platform itself.
(Source: The Verge, Twitter Policy)
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