Journalists’ Twitter accounts suspended for reporting on the company.
A few of the journalists had been tweeting over the closure of the @ElonJet account on Twitter, which followed the private jet trips of the billionaire, as well as accounts that were similar to it that were present on other social media platforms. The suspension of the reporters’ accounts was not explained by Twitter.
In response to tweets about the suspensions, Politicus USA news commentary website’s Sarah Reese Jones tweeted, “Nothing says free speech like suspending journalists who cover you.”
Rupar tells me he has "no idea" why it happened.
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) December 16, 2022
According to Twitter account bans, independent journalists as well as journalists from CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post had their accounts suspended. According to NBC News, a Mastodon account, a competitor of Twitter, was also suspended.
Musk appeared to blame the tracking of his jet for this alleged incident in a tweet he posted on Wednesday, alleging that a car carrying one of his children in Los Angeles was being followed by “a crazy stalker.” He claimed in the tweet that legal action was being taken against the owner of ElonJet.
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
Despite the billionaire’s declaration that he is an absolute believer in the right to free speech, Musk’s private jet’s Twitter account that monitored its trips was deleted on Wednesday.
Creator Jack Sweeney
tweeted from his personal @JxckSweeney account, “Well it appears @ElonJet is suspended,” which led to the suspension of that account as well.
Later, Twitter announced that it has changed its policy to generally forbid tweets from revealing a person’s location in real time.
Musk stated in a tweet that “any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone would be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation.”
This includes sharing URLs to websites that provide real-time location data.
Doxxing is the practise of publishing personal information online, such as a home address or phone number, usually with the intention of abusing a particular person.
The modified policy permits posts about being present at a public event like a concert as well as location-sharing tweets that are “not same-day,” according to Twitter.
Sweeney gained notoriety for his Twitter account, @ElonJet, which records the movements of Musk’s plane. Musk even offered him $5,000 to shut down the account, but Sweeney declined.
After acquiring Twitter in a $44 billion agreement, Musk made it known that he would not touch the account as part of his commitment to free expression on the network.
Real-time views of aviation traffic are available on a number of Twitter accounts and on flight-following websites, however this exposure often results in complaints and even equipment seizures.
ADS-B technology, which broadcasts Aeroplan positions using signals that relatively simple equipment may pick up, is required by US regulations for planes in certain zones.