Elon Musk resumes Twitter censorship and suspends a new journalist account

The recovery of the suspended Twitter accounts this weekend had suggested an easing of the situation. It is not like that. Elon Musk again decommissioned a journalist’s account this Sunday. This is Taylor Lorenz covering the technology sector for washington post. The eccentric multibillionaire, owner of the social network, argued for a decision related to “prior publication of personal data”.

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Difficult reasoning

This decision was revealed by Taylor Lorenz on her blog, in which she said so “Elon Musk has suspended (his) Twitter account”. Asked by a user on the social network, the person in question answered publicly that it was one “temporary suspension due to prior disclosure of personal data from this account”WHO “would be lifted soon”.

A version contradicted by Taylor Lorenz, who explains that she asked Elon Musk a question via Twitter, for an article she is writing, because she could not reach him through traditional channels. “My colleague Drew Harwell, who has also been suspended, and I are working on a story involving Musk and were hoping to get a comment from him. We have tried to reach him several times by email over the the last couple of days”explains the journalist.

She continues: “When I logged on (to Twitter) to see if he had responded to our request, I was suspended. I have not received any notice from the company regarding the reasons for my suspension or the terms I have violated. »

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Cases that weigh heavily

It may be an isolated incident, but the spark is that this week the Twitter boss has already banned almost a dozen journalists from major American media such as New York Times, CNNthat washington post or The cut. Everyone covers with a critical eye the decisions and actions of Elon Musk, who has owned and managed the platform since the end of October. Mastodon’s account, Twitter’s biggest competitor, also jumped.

Elon Musk, a self-proclaimed absolute defender of free speech, then justified his decision by accusing the banned accounts of doxxing, a practice that consists of publicly revealing private information for malicious purposes. They have been found guilty of sharing a link showing the real-time movements of his private jet. The data for the overwhelming majority of commercial and private flights is actually publicly available, and several websites such as FlightRadar aggregate it. On Twitter, the @ElonJet account automatically relayed all the movements of the billionaire’s jet before it was suspended, under the pretense of undermining the billionaire’s personal security.

Faced with an outcry over such a decision, the journalists’ accounts were restored on Saturday. However, some of them indicated that they had been required to delete certain publications if they wanted to take full advantage of the platform.