Twitter sparks uproar by suspending multiple accounts of journalists critical of Elon Musk

“If they’re naughty, they’re banned”, reasoned Elon Musk on Twitter, Friday, December 16. On Thursday, the social network suspended eight accounts of journalists who had recently written about its new boss. The billionaire said the rules banning the release of personal data apply to everyone, including journalists.

Elon Musk, who describes himself as a champion of free speech, wrote in a tweet: “The rules about doxxing apply as much to ‘journalists’ as to others. Twitter prohibits the sharing of personal information, a practice called “doxxing.” Tesla- The boss was referring to the suspension of the “elonjet” account, an account that tracked the movements of his private jet in real time, decided on Wednesday by Twitter.

“Operation”. “Criticizing me all day long is not a problem. Revealing my whereabouts in real time and putting my family at risk is one of them,” Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday. Reporters from the Washington Post (Drew Harwell), New York Times ( Ryan Mac) or CNN (Donie O’Sullivan) are among those who have seen their accounts suspended, as well as the social network Mastodon.

Twitter’s decision worries. “Twitter’s instability and growing volatility is of particular concern to everyone who uses the platform,” CNN said in a statement. Jean-Noël Barrot, minister in charge of Digital, said on the social network “concerned about the drive in which Elon Musk unleashes Twitter”, accusing him of “attacking” the “freedom of the press”. “The EU Digital Services Act requires respect for media freedom and fundamental rights. […] There are red lines. And sanctions, soon,” warned Vera Jourova, EU Commissioner for Transparency.

(with Reuters)

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