Twitter suspended several left-wing media figures from the service on Thursday night. The suspended accounts included those of Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell, the New York Times’ Ryan Mac and progressive blogger Aaron Rupar.
The suspensions appeared to stem from the posting of content related to @ElonJet, a Twitter account that tracked the movements of Twitter owner Elon Musk’s private jet in real time. That account was suspended from Twitter earlier this week, but some users shared content from the operation’s presence on other social media sites.
Reporters covering Elon Musk being nuked:Donie O’Sullivan, @CNN Drew Harwell, @washingtonpost Ryan Mac, @nytimes Aaron Rupar, independent pic.twitter.com/1x9oJijobA — Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) December 16, 2022
Musk tweeted that the suspended accounts had broken the platform’s rules on doxing — publicizing sensitive, private information about an individual and potentially exposing the person to harm. The megabillionaire said they had shared what amounted to “assassination coordinates” in direct violation of Twitter’s terms of service. Musk indicated that journalists would be held to the same terms of service as other users on Twitter under his administration after the temporary bans.
so far, i’ve been able to confirm about half the accounts suspended posted links to the jet tracker thing in violation of the new doxx’ing policy. unclear just yet about the rest, but i think it’s safe to say the rule is for real. https://t.co/8MDCG19kNO— Mike Solana (@micsolana) December 16, 2022
Twitter’s new owner indicated the accounts would be allowed to return to the platform after seven days.
They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Also suspended Thursday night was Keith Olbermann, a progressive extremist known for targeting his political opponents with threatening rants on Twitter. Musk said Olbermann would be restored on Twitter after serving a seven-day suspension. “Some time away from Twitter is good for the soul,” he said.
Accounts engaged in doxxing receive a temporary 7 day suspension— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Twitter’s terms of service prohibit doxing. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
7 day suspension for doxxing. Some time away from Twitter is good for the soul …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022