Twitter suspends accounts of several journalists

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Twitter on Thursday evening suddenly suspended several high-profile journalists who cover the plat-form and Elon Musk, one of the richest people in the world, who acquired the company just a few months ago.

Hours after the suspensions took hold, Musk faced off with one of the journalists he suspended in a Twitter Space audio discussion before an audience of more than 30,000 listeners. The suspended jour-nalist, along with several others, found a backdoor way onto the platform through the website’s audio function.

“You doxx, you get suspended. End of story. That’s it,” Musk said, explaining his latest policy to the group, before he left minutes after having joined the discussion.

Musk was referring to Twitter’s latest rule change about accounts that track private jets, including one owned by Musk himself, which was put in place Wednesday.

The audio discussion and the Twitter’s Spaces feature was abruptly shut down after Musk exited the conversation. Musk tweeted, “we’re fixing a Legacy bug. Should be working tomorrow.”

The discussion revolved around the suspension of numerous journalists. The accounts of 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 independent jour-nalists Aaron Rupar, Keith Olbermann and Tony Webster had all been suspended as of Thursday evening.—AFP