Several renowned journalists who were suspended from Twitter Thursday night were reinstated early Saturday.
“The people have spoken” Elon Musk tweeted.
Twitter users voted in a poll released by Musk to reinstate the accounts, which were shut down without warning. The new owner of the social media platform recently used Twitter polls for several high-profile decisions, including the reinstatement of former President Donald Trump’s account.
Testimonials from Ryan Mac of the New York Times, Donie O’Sullivan of CNN, Drew Harwell of the Washington Post, Matt Binder of Mashable, Micah Lee of The Intercept, Steve Herman of Voice of America and freelance journalists Aaron Rupar, Keith Olbermann and Tony Webster were all suspended Thursday night.
“Matt Binder is back,” the Mashable reporter tweeted early Saturday.
Olbermann’s account appeared to remain suspended Saturday morning.
Musk had said the suspensions would last for seven days, but Early Saturday said “accounts that doxxed my location will have their suspension lifted now.”
He accused reporters of sharing private information about his whereabouts, which he described as “essentially assassination coordinates”. NBC News was unable to verify this claim.
“You doxx, you are suspended. End of the story. That’s it,” Musk said Thursday night in an audio chat on Twitter Space, explaining his latest policy to more than 30,000 listeners.
He was referring to Twitter’s latest rule change regarding accounts that follow private jetsincluding one belonging to Musk, which was featured on Wednesday.
Several of the suspended reporters had written about the new policy and Musk’s rationale for imposing it, which involved his allegations about a harassment incident he said affected his family Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
He tweeted on Wednesday that a car with one of his children in it was followed and stopped from moving by a driver, who Musk said got on the hood of the car with his child in it.
The Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday that no police report had been filed. Other law enforcement departments also cover parts of the Los Angeles metro area.
Musk said: “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. real.
“Showing places someone has been to with a slight delay is not a security concern, so that’s fine,” Musk added.
The accounts that were suspended, however, did not tweet the real-time location of the car Musk said his child was in. One of the banned accounts, “@elonjet”, had previously tweeted flight data showing the location of Musk’s private jet. Some of the banned journalists had previously tweeted links to the account and other profiles run by creator Jack Sweeney, whose personal Twitter account was also suspended.
Flight data includes where a plane lands, but it does not track the occupants of a plane outside of the plane itself, so it could not be used to trace the real-time location of Musk or his children if they weren’t on or near the plane.
The account of Mastodon, a platform that has become one of Twitter’s main competitors, was also suspended on Thursday, and links to Mastodon and other autonomous and decentralized networks were blocked as “dangerous” links. which could no longer be tweeted.
The suspensions on Thursday were brutally criticized by free speech expertsand Musk cheerleaders and some conservative influencers joined in condemning this decision.
Musk had sworn to run Twitter as a free speech absolutist, and since taking control, he’s reinstated accounts associated with the QAnon movement and other far-right groups but prohibits others.
He also deleted reviews of its company policies.
The Associated Press, David Ingram and Jason Abbruzzese contributed.