Musk suspends NYT and WaPo reporters from Twitter

More fall-out from Chief Twit’s ban frenzy from Wednesday and Thursday. Reporters from The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN have had their Twitter accounts suspended. While Twitter has provided no official explanation other than Chief Twit claiming they were Doxxing him by publishing real-time location information about him. However, it seems mentioning (and worse yet linking to their Facebook or Mastodon account) the now suspended @ElonJet account.

“I have no idea what rules I purportedly broke. I haven’t heard anything from Twitter at all,” journalist Aaron Rupar wrote on his Substack. He later added an update, writing that “it occurred to me just after I published this that I did post a tweet yesterday noting that the ElonJet account that was suspended from Twitter was still active on Facebook, with a link to the Facebook page. As hard as it may be to interpret linking to a Facebook page that uses publicly available information to track a private jet as violating a ‘doxxing’ policy, it appears that’s what Twitter did to justify my banning.”

Furthermore Los Angeles Times reporters have had their Twitter accounts suspend after posting a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department in reference to a “stalking incident;’ earlier this week involving the car carrying Musk’s son being followed. An incident Musk has blamed on @ElonJet (which again only relays the public information on the whereabouts of Musk’s private jet). The LAPD statement was simply was they were aware of the claims made by Musk and his security team, but no crime has been reported/filed as of yet.

According to the LA Times article, “O’Sullivan and Binder’s accounts were suspended after they shared the LAPD’s statement.”

So apparently violating the “new” Twitter Doxxing policy is not just posting “real-time location information”, but referencing the @ElonJet account (or linking to their other social media sites such as Facebook or Mastodon. Furthermore, discussing the ‘stalking incident’ including quoting a public statement from the Los Angeles Police Department is also a violation of said policy.

via ARS Technica