Elon Musk’s Twitter Survey on Journalist Suspension: Here’s the Result

Elon Musk said it’s “inspiring to see the press’s newfound love for freedom of expression.” (File)

Elon Musk today chose to respond with sarcasm to criticism for suspending half a dozen journalists from Twitter. Days after several journalists from leading organizations such as CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post lost access to their accounts without warning, Musk tweeted about the press’s “freedom of expression.”

“So inspiring to see the newfound love for freedom of expression by the press,” the once richest man in the world tweeted.

Musk, who took over Twitter in October and took it private, accused the journalists of endangering his family. What caused this latest controversy was the suspension of an account tracking his private jet. The move was necessitated after “a crazed stalker” followed a car carrying one of his children in Los Angeles, said Musk, who appeared to blame the account that tracked his plane.

Some journalists had reported on the suspension of the jet tracker, which Musk said were “murder coordinates” for his family, but provided no evidence for his claim.

“Any account that doxxs someone’s real-time location information will be suspended, as it is a physical security violation. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location information. Posting locations where someone with any delayed travel is not a safety issue, so it’s ok,” he said yesterday.

Interestingly enough, Musk tweeted out a poll asking users if they should “undo accounts that doxx my exact location in real time.” The winning option is “Now” with 43 percent of the vote.

Since Musk had revived the suspended accounts of former US President Donald Trump and others following a similar poll, further developments regarding the suspension of journalists are awaited.

“If someone posted real-time locations and addresses of NYT reporters, the FBI would investigate, there would be hearings on Capitol Hill, and Biden would make speeches about the end of democracy!” the billionaire tweeted again in response to the poll.

Twitter recently unveiled a policy update prohibiting the sharing of live location information.

Musk lost the top spot on the global rich list this week to Bernard Arnault, the CEO of the parent company of the luxury brand Louis Vuitton, LVMH. This, after he sold Tesla shares worth $3.6 billion. He has so far raised $20 billion by selling his shares in his electric vehicle company.

Twitter is also looking for new equity investors, the latest reports suggest.

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