Twitter Inc on Thursday suspended the accounts of several journalists, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, with the site displaying “account suspended” notices for them.
Reuters could not immediately confirm why those accounts were suspended. All suspended journalists have written in recent months about Twitter’s owner, billionaire Elon Musk, and changes to the platform since he bought it.
In response to a tweet about the account suspension, Musk tweeted: “The same doxing rules for journalists apply to everyone else,” a reference to Twitter’s rules forbidding the sharing of personal information, known as doxing.
He added: “It’s totally fine to criticize me all day long, but not to dox my real-time location and put my family in danger.”
It’s perfectly fine to criticize me throughout the day, but not to dox my real-time location and put my family in danger.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Thursday, Twitter suspended an account tracking Musk’s private jet in real time, a month after he said his commitment to free speech had stretched to not banning the account.
The accounts of Times reporter Ryan Mack (@rmac18), Post reporter Drew Harwell (@drewharwell), CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan (@donie), and Mashable reporter Matt Binder @MattBinder have been suspended. Independent journalist Aaron Rupar (@atrupar), who covers US policy and politics, also had his account suspended.
A spokesperson for The New York Times said: “The suspension of the Twitter accounts of several prominent journalists, including The New York Times’ Ryan Mack, tonight is questionable and unfortunate. Neither The Times nor Ryan have received an explanation as to why this happened. We hope that all Journalists’ accounts will be reinstated and Twitter will provide a satisfactory explanation for this action.”
Other reporters could not immediately be reached.
The official account of social media company Mastodon (@joinmastodon), which has emerged as an alternative to Twitter since Musk bought the company for $44 billion in October, was also suspended. Mastodon could not immediately be reached for comment.
Twitter is now leaning toward automation to moderate content, removing certain manual reviews and favoring distribution restrictions rather than outright removal of certain speech, its new head of trust and security Ella Irwin told Reuters this month.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)
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