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Elon Musk As Twitter Bans Journalists’ Handles

Elon Musk’s Twitter also suspended the feed of the social media site Mastodon (File)

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Twitter Inc on Thursday suspended the accounts of several journalists, including the New York Times and Washington Post, with the site showing “account suspended” notifications for them.

Reuters was not immediately able to determine why those accounts were suspended. All of the suspended reporters have been writing about Twitter’s owner, billionaire Elon Musk, and changes to the platform since he bought it in recent months.

In response to a tweet about the account suspensions, Musk tweeted, “The same doxxing rules apply to ‘journalists’ as they do to anyone,” a reference to Twitter rules prohibiting the sharing of personal information called doxxing.

He added, “Criticizing me all day is fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not.”

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Thursday, Twitter suspended an account tracking Musk’s private jet in real time, a month after he said his commitment to free speech extended to not banning the account.

The accounts of Times reporter Ryan Mac (@rmac18), Post reporter Drew Harwell (@drewharwell), CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan (@donie), and Mashable reporter Matt Binder @MattBinder were suspended. The account of independent journalist Aaron Rupar (@atrupar), who covers US policy and politics, was also suspended.

A spokesperson for The New York Times said: “Tonight’s suspension of the Twitter accounts of a number of prominent journalists, including Ryan Mac of the New York Times, is questionable and unfortunate. Neither The Times nor Ryan have been given any explanation about why this happened. We hope that all accounts of the journalists will be reinstated and that Twitter will provide a satisfactory explanation for this action.”

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The other reporters were not immediately available.

The official account of the social media company Mastodon (@joinmastodon), which has emerged as an alternative to Twitter since Musk bought the company for $44 billion in October, was also suspended. Mastodon was not immediately available for comment.

Twitter is now relying heavily on automation to moderate content, scrapping certain manual reviews and preferring restrictions on distribution rather than outright removing certain speech, its new head of trust and security Ella Irwin told Reuters this month.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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