Twitter bans journalists that cover Elon Musk

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Will Young

Several prominent journalists who cover Elon Musk, the company’s owner, have had their Twitter accounts suspended abruptly.

On Thursday evening, a number of people were unable to access their accounts, including reporters from CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

A Twitter representative told tech site The Verge that the ban was connected with the live sharing of area information.

It follows Mr. Musk’s promise to sue the person who owns a profile that tracks his jet.

The Intercept’s Micha Lee, Mashable’s Matt Binder, and independent journalists Tony Webster and Aaron Rupar are also on the list of banned journalists.

Twitter’s trust and safety head Ella Irwin told The Verge that “Live location information, including information shared on Twitter directly or links to 3rd-party URL(s) of travel routes,” are banned as of Wednesday, and are the official reason for the bans.

According to Mrs. Irwin’s statement to the publication, “Without commenting on any specific accounts, I can confirm that we will suspend any accounts that violate our privacy policies and put other users at risk.”

“This policy does not apply to journalists or any other accounts.”

Twitter suspended the account @ElonJet and other accounts that used publicly accessible information to track his private plane on Wednesday.

The 20 year old owner of @ElonJet, also had his personal account banned. Musk has since vowed to take legal action against him, as well as “organizations who supported harm to my family”.

Musk said a “crazy stalker” had used live location sharing to find and accost a vehicle carrying his children in Los Angeles.

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