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Elon Musk’s Twitter Suspends Accounts of Some Journalists and Rival Mastodon

Twitter didn’t publicly specify why the accounts were suspended.

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Twitter on Thursday suspended the accounts of some journalists from publications including CNN, the Washington Post, and
The New York Times
as well as that of rival social media platform Mastodon in the latest shift of policy under Elon Musk. 

Twitter didn’t publicly specify why the accounts were suspended. Some of the journalists suspended had commented on the suspension of a Twitter account that tracked flights of the billionaire’s private jet.

“Same doxxing rules apply to “journalists” as to everyone else,” Musk tweeted, apparently in relation to the suspensions. Doxxing is common online terminology for the publishing of private information online with malicious intent. Musk said accounts engaged in doxxing would receive a seven-day suspension. 

Twitter also suspended the official account of Mastodon, a competing social media platform. 

Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a Barron’s request for comment early on Friday.

CNN said it had asked Twitter for an explanation over the suspension of the account of its correspondent Donie O’Sullivan and would “reevaluate” its relationship with the social media platform based on the response. 

“The impulsive and unjustified suspension of a number of reporters, including CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, is concerning but not surprising. Twitter’s increasing instability and volatility should be of incredible concern for everyone who uses the platform.” the news organization said in a tweet.

A New York Times spokesman said the newspaper hadn’t received an explanation for the suspension of the account of its reporter Ryan Mac and the action was “questionable and unfortunate”. 

Musk has described himself as a “free speech absolutist” but Twitter on Wednesday suspended multiple accounts that tracked the planes of government agencies, billionaires, and celebrities, including Musk’s own jet. Musk had previously said he wouldn’t ban the @ElonJet account as part of his commitment to free speech. 

Twitter on Wednesday said it had updated its policies to prohibit the sharing of someone else’s live location in most cases, with exceptions for information related to a public engagement or event.

Write to Adam Clark at adam.clark@barrons.com

Credit: marketwatch.com

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