Twitter owner Elon Musk suspended several prominent media figures from his platform on Thursday – the decision was quickly criticized by some but applauded by others.
Journalists suspended include CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan, New York Times tech reporter Ryan Mac, Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell, The Intercept reporter Micah Lee, Mashable writer Matt Binder, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, and former Vox reporter Aaron Rupar.
Musk said journalists were suspended for seven days for allegedly violating Twitter’s new policy on not sharing location information, known as “doxxing.”
Several users supported Musk’s decision, pointing to an obvious double standard among his critics.
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“‘Twitter is a private company!’ conservative blogger Matt Walsh tweeted.
“There’s no shame in these people. That’s great to see,” Walsh added.
Musk defended his decision to suspend journalists for allegedly violating a policy he implemented to prevent “doxxing.”
“Accounts doxxing receive a temporary 7-day suspension,” Musk wrote.
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“If someone published the real-time locations and addresses of NYT reporters, the FBI would investigate, there would be hearings on Capitol Hill, and Biden would talk about the end of democracy!”
Several users noted that accounts were suspended after violating the new rule.
“The new Twitter rule about not sharing live location seems perfectly reasonable. It’s easy to follow if you read the policy of sharing private information,” wrote one user.
“Agreed,” Musk called.
Another user wrote: “DEFO: Doxx Elon, Find.”
Another user added, “Elon’s content moderation decisions so far: no swastikas, no constant real-time doxxing.” “What’s the problem?’
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“Seeing themselves ‘above the law’, they’ve blown up the rules for years. Well and just so everyone has the same rules,” said another.
Musk reiterated the same line, saying that “journalists” will now be held to the same standard as other users.
Yet another user commented, “Any ‘journalist’ who cried over Ruper’s suspension for exposing Elon should tweet their home address. So, if it doesn’t matter…”
“Absolutely,” Musk replied.
Another user tried to clarify that Musk allows people on the platform to criticize him, but draws boundaries with those who allegedly put him or his family in danger – a distinction Musk has also made.
“It’s perfectly okay to criticize me all day, but it’s not okay to disclose my real-time location and endanger my family,” Musk wrote.
Musk implemented the new “doxxing” rule after a person jumped on the roof of a vehicle carrying his son, who he allegedly thought was carrying the elderly Musk.
“There are those who constantly criticize it, and they’re still here. Security is a different matter,” wrote one user.
Musk responded to some of the criticism he received for his decision and launched a poll on Thursday evening to determine the fate of journalists.
Unlike other surveys he has published, Musk has not yet said definitively whether he will fulfill his results.
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“Whatever the result of the poll, we can all agree that it’s a lot of fun to watch the meltdowns at MSM completely melt down. Twitter is great,” wrote one user.
The survey is set to run 24 hours from the time it was posted on Thursday at 10 PM.