On Thursday night, Twitter banned more than half a dozen of far-left journalists from CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, and other independent reporters who had been reporting on Elon Musk and Tesla.
The decision comes after Elon Musk declared war on sharing location information on the platform following a stalking incident with his son X.
“Last night, car carrying lil X in LA was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving & climbed onto hood,” Musk wrote.
“Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family,” he continued.
Jack Sweeney, is a 20-year-old college sophomore and programmer who started the @elonjet account to track Elon Musk.
Musk suspended Sweeney’s account immediately.
“Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location info,” Musk wrote.
On Thursday evening, Musk also suspended former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, The New York Times’ Ryan Mac, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, Mashable’s Matt Binder, Micah Lee of The Intercept and independent journalists Aaron Rupar, Keith Olbermann and Tony Webster.
Musk said, “same doxxing rules apply to “journalists” as to everyone else.”
In another tweet, Musk slammed Taylor Lorenz, “Criticizing me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not.”
Fox News reported:
There was utter commotion on Twitter after it was discovered that prominent media critics of its owner Elon Musk were simultaneously banned from the platform without explanation.
Additionally, the Twitter account belonging to the social media rival Mastodon, which served as a safe haven for liberals who initially fled Twitter following Musk’s takeover (many made their way back to Twitter).
Musk, who described himself as being a free-speech absolutist, received backlash for the purge of his critics, many calling for him to explain why those accounts were suspended.
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