Elon Musk suspends the accounts of several American journalists who criticize him and causes an outcry

Elon Musk suspends the accounts of several American journalists who criticize him and causes an outcry

Elon Musk, self-proclaimed herald of freedom of expression, did he self-destruct, Thursday, December 15 in the evening? The social network Twitter, acquired for 44 billion dollars (41 billion euros) by the boss of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, suddenly suspended at least eight accounts of journalists who wrote about him. These include Drew Harwell (The Washington Post), by Ryan Mac (The New York Times), Donie O’Sullivan (CNN) or Aaron Rupar, an independent political journalist present on the online platform Substack, and strong of 800,000 subscribers. Then, on Friday evening, that of a journalist from Business Insider, Linette Lopez, who published a series of articles on Tesla between 2018 and 2021.

On Wednesday, December 14, Elon Musk began by suspending the Twitter account that followed the movements of his private jet, in the name of protecting the privacy and endangering his family. “Any account revealing anyone’s real-time location information will be suspended as a breach of physical security. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location information. Posting places someone has been to with a slight delay is not a security concern, so that’s fine”, had tweeted during the day the billionaire. A little later, he also suspended the personal account of the host of this account, Jack Sweeney, a 20-year-old student who had asked for 50,000 dollars to stop tracking Elon Musk’s jet.

On November 6, Elon Musk had nevertheless prided himself on not committing any censorship: “My commitment to free speech even extends to not banning the account following my plane, even if it is a direct risk to personal safety. »

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To justify the suspension of reporters’ accounts, Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday evening: “It’s okay to criticize me all day, but revealing my location in real time and putting my family at risk is not.” » Before adding: “The same rules apply to ‘journalists’ as to everyone else. »

It seems that an incident with a vehicle carrying one of Elon Musk’s children, named X, is behind the acceleration of the case. “Last night the car carrying little X to Los Angeles was followed by a crazed stalker (thinking it was me), who then stopped the car from moving and climbed onto the hood. Legal action is ongoing against Sweeney and the organizations that supported the harm done to my family”wrote on the social network Elon Musk.

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