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No Police Report Filed on Elon Musk 'Stalker' Allegations, Says LAPD

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After Twitter suspended an account that provided publicly available flight data for Elon Musk’s private jet, the social media platform’s new owner and chief executive suggested the page endangered him and his family.

On a topic of three tweets, Musk said that any account that provides “real-time” location information on anyone will be suspended because “it is a breach of physical security”. The billionaire also claimed that, on Tuesday night, a “crazy stalker” followed him and climbed on the hood of a car carrying Musk’s son.

Musk vowed to take legal action against the college student who ran the flight tracking account, who called himself @ElonJet, and any “organizations that support harm to my family.”

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department said no police report had been filed about the incident that raised Musk’s concern.

“The LAPD Threat Management Unit is aware of the situation and Elon Musk’s tweet and is in contact with his representatives and security team,” the department said in a statement. “No crime reports have been filed yet.”

The police statement came as Twitter and Musk faced increasing scrutiny over a wave of suspensions, including several journalists covering Musk.

Among those whose accounts were suspended on Thursday night were Ryan Mac of the New York Times, Donie O’Sullivan of CNN, Matt Binder of Mashable, Drew Harwell of the Washington Post, political commentator Keith Olbermann and Steve Herman of Voice of America. .

By Friday night, most of the accounts were back after Musk conducted a Twitter poll asking whether they should be restored “Now” or “In 7 days”. The @ElonJet account and Olbermann’s page appeared to remain suspended.

Harwell’s last post before he was suspended was about Twitter removing the account of one of its competitors, Mastodon, for posting a link to its own version of the @ElonJet account that tracked Musk’s plane, according to a tweet by NBC News reporter Ben Collins.

O’Sullivan and Binder’s accounts were suspended after they shared the LAPD statement.

Binder said Thursday that he was immediately suspended after sharing a screenshot of O’Sullivan’s statement.

“I have not shared any location data as per new Twitter terms. I also didn’t share links to ElonJet or other location tracking accounts,” said Binder. “I’ve been very critical of Musk, but I’ve never broken any of Twitter’s listed policies.”

Musk, a self-styled free-speech absolutist, has vowed to make sweeping changes to the social media platform once he ends his grip on the company, though last month, he tweeted that their “commitment to freedom of expression even extends to not banning the account that follows my plane, even if doing so is a direct risk to personal safety.”

On Wednesday, Twitter announced a policy update which prohibited the sharing of “live location information, including information shared directly on Twitter or links to third-party URL(s) of travel directions.”

“We make no exceptions to this policy for journalists or any other accounts,” Ella Irwin, Twitter’s head of trust and security, told the Verge via email.

On Thursday night, Musk posted several tweets responding to journalists’ account suspensions.

“Bashing myself all day is totally fine, but doxxing my location in real time and putting my family in danger is not,” a tweet to read.

“They posted my exact real-time location, essentially murder coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter’s terms of service,” he said. other🇧🇷

Musk also briefly joined a Twitter Spaces audio chatroom, in which several of the banned journalists discussed the news.

“You show the link to real-time information, evasion of bans,” Musk said. “Your dox, you’ve been suspended, end of story, that’s it.”

Banned Washington Post tech reporter Harwell, who was also in the chat room, responded, “That’s reporting… there’s reporting value in public data.”

Times writer Jaimie Ding contributed to this report.