Elon Musk’s Twitter Poll Over Journalists’ Suspension: Here’s The Result

Elon Musk said it was “inspiring to see the newfound love of free speech from the press”. (Case)

Elon Musk today chose to respond with sarcasm to criticism for suspending half a dozen journalists from Twitter. Days after several journalists from top organizations like CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post lost access to their accounts without any warning, Musk tweeted about press “free speech.”

“So inspiring to see the press’s newfound love of free speech,” the once-richest man in the world tweeted.

Musk, who acquired Twitter in October and took it private, accused reporters of putting his family at risk. What sparked this latest controversy was the suspension of an account that tracked his private jet. The move was necessary after “a crazed stalker” tracked a car carrying one of his children to Los Angeles, said Musk who appeared to blame the account tracking his jet.

Some of the reporters had reported on the jet tracker being suspended, which Musk said was “assassination coordinates” for his family, but offered no evidence for his claim.

“Any account doxxing anyone’s real-time location information will be suspended, as it is a breach of physical security. This includes posting links to sites containing real-time location information. The post of places where someone went with a slight delay security issue, so that’s fine,” he said yesterday.

Interestingly, Musk tweeted out a poll asking users if they should “unsuspend accounts that doxxed my exact location in real time.” The winning option is “Now” with 43% of the votes.

Given that Musk had revived the suspended accounts of former US President Donald Trump and others after a similar poll, any further development on the journalists’ suspension is awaited.

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

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

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

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

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