Elon Musk commented on this week’s controversy after the social media company suspended the accounts of several journalists who shared information regarding the billionaires’ whereabouts, saying the media ‘thinks they’re better than everyone else “.
Entrepreneur David Sacks conducted a Twitter poll asking “should real-time doxxing be allowed on Twitter,” whether temporary account suspensions are a “reasonable” way to handle violations, and whether journalists company should be bound by the same rules as any other user.
He then commented on the poll results, writing, “Interesting that the strongest result is treating corporate media the same as everyone else. I suspect that’s why they act so hysterically in this moment.”
“They think they are better than everyone else” Musk responded.
Following his comment, the billionaire clarified his previous statement saying, “Not all journalists are bad, but far too many are.”
Comments come after Twitter CEO went on suspension Thursday. Journalists from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Voice of America and other independent news organizations have seen their accounts sink.
Musk tweeted Friday night that the the company would lift the suspensions following the results of a public poll on his account.
The CEO has already used Twitter polls to reinstate Donald Trump’s account, overturning a ban that prevented the former president from accessing the site.
The survey showed that 58.7% of participants favored a decision to immediately lift the account suspension with 41.3% of voters saying the suspensions should be lifted in seven days.
The drama began after Musk accused a college student who was tracking Musk’s private jet of being responsible for an alleged encounter between his infant son and a stalker.
The company did not explain why the accounts were deleted. But Musk took to Twitter Thursday night to call out reporters who were sharing private information about his whereabouts, which he described as “essentially assassination coordinates.”
Earlier Thursday, Musk defended the decision to ban several journalists from the platform, tweeting, “The same doxxing rules apply to “journalists” as to everyone else.”