(TheRedWire.com) – When Elon Musk purchased Twitter, the billionaire stated he wanted to make it a free speech platform. He said the goal was to make it a common digital town square to share and debate political ideas and thoughts. He noted free speech didn’t mean resorting to violence. After Musk took over the site, many journalists expressed concern he would allow people to speak more freely again. On Thursday, December 15, Elon canceled some top journalists’ Twitter accounts, sending CNN reeling.
CNN slammed the move as “impulsive” after Twitter suspended several journalists from the platform. The left-leaning cable news company called the decision “unjustified” and said the platform was becoming unstable and volatile. The company asked the social media giant to explain its decision and said the answer would determine the relationship. Twitter suspended the accounts of CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, The Washington Post’s Drew Harwell, Ryan Mac of the New York Times, and Matt Binder of Mashable.
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.
Posting locations someone traveled to on a slightly delayed basis isn’t a safety problem, so is ok.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 15, 2022
The move came a day after Twitter removed programmers and entrepreneur Jack Sweeney from the platform. He had been tracking Musk’s private jet over the last several years. The CEO stated the bans resulted from Sweeney doxxing him and journalists reporting his real-time movements.
In a separate tweet, Musk noted that criticism of him was acceptable, but releasing his real-time location and putting his family in harm’s way wasn’t. On Thursday evening, he revised company policy. Doxxing of anyone will result in a temporary seven-day suspension.
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