Twitter suspends accounts of several journalists covering Elon Musk

Twitter suspended the accounts of several prominent journalists who recently wrote about its new owner Elon Musk.

After the apparent ban on Thursday, the billionaire tweeted that rules banning the publishing of personal information applied to all, including journalists.

‘Same doxxing rules apply to “journalists” as to everyone else,’ responded Musk to a Tweet on the account suspensions.

Musk’s tweet referred to Twitter’s Wednesday suspension of @elonjet, an account tracking his private jet in real-time using data available in the public domain.

Musk had threatened legal action against the account’s operator, saying his son had been mistakenly followed by a ‘crazy stalker’.

Doxxing refers to the sharing of personal information and is banned according to Twitter’s rules.

It was unclear if all the journalists whose accounts were suspended had commented on or shared news about @elonjet.

‘You dox, you get suspended. End of story,’ Musk said on a Twitter Spaces chat.

On Wednesday, Twitter updated its policy on Wednesday prohibiting the sharing of ‘live location information’.

The accounts of Times reporter Ryan Mac (@rmac18), CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan (@donie), and Mashable reporter Matt Binder @MattBinder were also suspended, as was that of independent journalist Aaron Rupar (@atrupar), who covers US policy and politics.

Mac recently posted a number of Twitter threads on the @elonjet suspension and interviewed Jack Sweeney, the 20-year-old operator of the account.

A spokesperson for The New York Times called the suspensions ‘questionable and unfortunate. Neither The Times nor Ryan have received any explanation about why this occurred. We hope that all of the journalists’ accounts are reinstated and that Twitter provides a satisfying explanation for this action’.

CNN said it had asked Twitter for an explanation on the suspensions and would reevaluate its relationship with the platform based on that response.

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