UPDATE: Mark Sumner
Musk is now claiming that the journalists involved “posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates.” Besides being bizarre in a number of ways, this is also simply a lie. Not one of the journalists banned did any such thing, or anything close to it.
UPDATE: Mark Sumner
Twitter — and supporters of Musk — are now trying to pass off the growing list of bans as bans for “doxing.” But absolutely none of the posts in question appear to provide anything that constitutes any violation of Twitter rules.
This is the last tweet from CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan. It contains only a public statement from the LAPD on top of the information that Musk himself tweeted.
Who will rid Elon Musk of these meddlesome journalists? Apparently whatever remains of a technical team at Twitter is more than willing to pull the switch for the boss.
On Thursday night, Twitter—abruptly, and without notice or warning—began banning or permanently suspending the accounts of journalists. Those known to be affected so far span a wide variety of leading media platforms, including CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, as well as online platforms like substack. All that these writers appear to have in common is that they recently reported on stories connected to Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
Some of those banned had connections with the story of the “@ElonJet” account, which Twitter banned for publishing public information about the flight schedules of Elon’s personal jet. Others reported on a post that Musk himself made earlier in the day in which he claimed that a stalker had pursued a car that he owned, believing that he was inside. Some of those banned did nothing but report on the banning of other journalist.
Those banned include such well known Twitter journalists as Aaron Rupar, and the former sportscaster and political commentator Keith Olbermann. What happens now is up to the chaos agent who has took over one of the largest media platforms in the world claiming he was a “free speech purist.”
As of of 9:30 PM Eastern, the number of journalists affected by the purge continued to grow.
The full list includes:
Aaron Rupar: Substack author and popular Twitter presence whose account was taken down for reasons unknown.
Drew Harwell: Washington Post technology reporter. Reason unknown.
Ryan Mac: New York Times technology reporter. Recently posted concerning the ElonJet story.
Donie O’Sullivan: CNN reporter. Last post was a story about Elon’s claim that a “crazy stalker” had followed a car in which his son was a passenger.
Matt Binder: Mashable reporter. Final post was noting O’Sullivan’s suspension.
Tony Webster: independent journalist.
Micah Lee: Intercept reporter.
Steve Herman: Voice of America reporter.
Keith Olbermann: former MSNBC host and sports journalist. Last post was retweeting those of suspended journalists.
Earlier in the day, Twitter also suspended links from the Mastodon social media site. Now users who include Mastodon links within a Twitter post are getting a warning message that prevents the post from appearing directly on Twitter.
CNN has issued a response to O’Sullivan’s suspension.
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