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Musk bans Washington Publish reporter from Twitter after permitting … – Axios

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Elon Musk banned one other journalist over the weekend — after he introduced some reporters again to the platform after suspending their accounts, utilizing a Twitter poll to resolve their destiny.

The newest: The Washington Publish’s Taylor Lorenz, a know-how and on-line tradition columnist, stated she realized Saturday afternoon that her Twitter account was “suspended,” she wrote on her substack.

  • Lorenz and Drew Harwell, one other Washington Publish tech reporter, had been researching an article involving Musk. In an try to contact him, Lorenz requested an interview by way of a tweet on Saturday, she wrote.
  • Later that day, when she went to verify whether or not there was a response, she obtained a notification that her account was suspended.

The large image: Musk has repeatedly stated he helps free speech and intends to make use of Twitter to put it up for sale, Axios’ Sara Fischer writes. Nonetheless, he has been inconsistent with content material moderation selections.

State of play: Musk requested Thursday night time if the “accounts who doxxed my precise location in real-time” needs to be unsuspended from Twitter.

  • This was a reference to a number of prominent journalists, who had been kicked off Twitter Thursday night time, Axios experiences.
  • The ballot, which had greater than 3.6 million votes, confirmed the vast majority of voters (58.7%) needed the accounts introduced again “now.”
  • “The individuals have spoken,” Musk tweeted.

Flashback: Musk’s feedback on his location stemmed from the controversy earlier this week when the account that actively tracked Musk’s personal jet was suspended from the platform.

Driving the information: Musk on Saturday — after reinstating some journalists on the platform — bashed the “company media” on his account, writing: “They abandon even the pretense of noble rules of their zeal to maintain their monopoly on info seen by the general public.”

  • Musk in a separate Twitter response additionally said: “They assume they’re higher than everybody else.”

Of observe: A Twitter poll similarly helped Musk resolve whether or not or to not carry former President Trump again to Twitter.

  • In late November, Musk reinstated Trump‘s Twitter account after a ballot from Musk confirmed thousands and thousands of accounts (52% of 15 million whole votes) needed him again on the platform, Axios experiences.
  • Trump stated he has no plans to return to Twitter, and can stay on his personal social media platform, Reality Social.

Extra from Axios:

Elon Musk’s Twitter suspends several journalists’ accounts without notice

Twitter press suspensions become media flashpoint

Editor’s observe: This story has been up to date with extra particulars and with a brand new headline.

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