Here’s what Elon Musk has to say on suspending journalists’ Twitter accounts – Times of India

Elon Musk-owned Twitter recently suspended accounts of several journalists from outlets including CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post following his “doxxing real-time location information.” The new CEO of the company sounded unhappy with the development and went on a suspension spree attracting criticism for his actions. However, he hit back and defended his decision of temporarily banning those accounts.
“Everyone’s going to be treated the same. They’re not special just because you’re a journalist. Showing real-time information about somebody’s location is inappropriate and I think everyone on this call would not like that to be done for them,” he said after entering a Space that had journalists whose accounts were suspended.
He soon left as journalists in Space attempted to question him.

Musk shuts down Twitter Spaces for a day
Soon after, Musk shut down Spaces for a day after the journalists who were banned on the platform were able to tune in to Space. He said that the feature was shut down due to a “legacy bug.”
Musk suspended the accounts of journalists saying that they shared his “exact real-time location” – labeling it “assassination coordinates” – which was a “direct violation” of Twitter’s Private information and media policy.
He also tweeted, “Criticising me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not.” He argued that doxxing could provide live information endangering him and his family, said the report.
Poll on unsuspending accounts who doxxed
After suspending the accounts of journalists who “doxxed his location”, Musk posted a poll and gave four options to the Twitterati to choose an answer. “7 day suspension for doxxing. Some time away from Twitter is good for the soul,” he chuckled, after organising a poll on the subject on his Twitter handle.
The poll showed that people wanted Musk unsuspend the accounts “Now”. However, Musk said that he gave “too many options” and posted another poll asking users to choose whether Twitter should unsuspend the accounts “who doxxed my [his[ exact location in real-time” “Now” or “in 7 days”.
At the time of writing this report, 58.5% of people want Musk to suspend the ban “Now” against 41.5% favouring the “in 7 days” option.

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