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Elon Musk lifts ban on journalists on Twitter after poll results calling for his return

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has announced that he has lifted suspensions of journalists who allegedly violated the platform’s “doxxing” policy following the results of a survey he conducted among Twitter users.

“People have spoken. Accounts that doxxed my location will now have their suspension lifted,” Musk tweeted late on Friday.

Musk conducted a 24-hour poll asking whether accounts should be restored “now” or “in 7 days”. Twitter users voted “now” on a 59-41 point split. Nearly 3.7 million Twitter users responded to the poll.

This followed a separate poll conducted by Musk on Thursday where “now” also topped “tomorrow”, “in 7 days” and “more”, but Musk concluded the poll had “too many options”.

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Many on the left are sounding the alarm about Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter.

Many on the left are sounding the alarm about Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter.
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What has been dubbed the “Thursday Night Massacre”, prominent media journalists, including CNN correspondent Donie O’Sullivan, New York Times technology reporter Ryan Mac and Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell were told without warning that they were “permanently suspended”.

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Others affected were The Intercept journalist Micah Lee, Voice of America correspondent Steve Herman, Mashable writer Matt Binder, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann and former Vox journalist Aaron Rupar.

CNN correspondent Donie O'Sullivan, who was banned from Twitter, discusses the future of journalists on Twitter after several high profile journalists were suspended from the platform.

CNN correspondent Donie O’Sullivan, who was banned from Twitter, discusses the future of journalists on Twitter after several high profile journalists were suspended from the platform.
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The controversy began with the suspension of @ElonJet, an account that exclusively tracked the use of Musk’s private jet. Musk claimed the account was suspended due to a “physical security breach” as it was “doxing real-time location information”, sharing video of a “crazy stalker” who was harassing his son in Los Angeles thinking that the owner of Twitter was present. Musk threatened to take legal action against the account user.

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On Wednesday, Musk warned Twitter users: “Any account doxxing anyone’s real-time location information will be suspended as it is a physical security violation. This includes posting links to websites with real-time location information “.

Users who were kicked off Twitter on Thursday reported the @ElonJet suspension or posted links to the private jet’s tracking on their own Twitter accounts.

The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN are speaking out after Twitter owner Elon Musk suspended the accounts of several prominent journalists.

The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN are speaking out after Twitter owner Elon Musk suspended the accounts of several prominent journalists.
(Muhammed Selim Korkutata / Anadolu Agency)

Critics have slammed Musk’s actions, with many criticizing the premise of his “doxxing” claims, as the use of his private jet is public information, while others accused him of hypocrisy, as the billionaire calls himself a “nature absolutist”. freedom of speech” during its acquisition of Twitter.

CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post all issued statements denouncing the “impulsive and unwarranted” decision and calling for their reporters to be reinstated on Twitter.

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Some defended Musk, saying the journalists had broken the rules. Others welcomed the suspensions, saying those who were punished defend censorship and were silent when Twitter took action against other pre-Musk ones like the New York Post during the 2020 presidential election for their reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop story.

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