Dec 19, 2022
Elon Musk Reinstates Suspended Journalists On Twitter After Backlash Transcript
Elon Musk is now reversing his decision to suspend the accounts of several prominent journalists after a ban that was supposed to last seven days. Read the transcript here.
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Dana Griffin (00:00):
Overnight Twitter CEO Elon Musk bowing to pressure and reinstating the accounts of several journalists he had banned. It caps off a tumultuous week for Twitter after Musk first suspended the account that tweeted the whereabouts of his jet and then the accounts of nine journalists who reported on it like Aaron Rupar.
Aaron Rupar (00:18):
To me, it was a news story and I was just sharing that the account was still active on Facebook, so there was no intent at harm whatsoever.
Dana Griffin (00:27):
Musk joining a live chat on Twitter space Thursday night to say the suspensions were related to the company’s new rules banning the sharing of live location information known as doxxing.
Speaker 6 (00:38):
No special treatment. You doxx you get suspended. End of story.
Dana Griffin (00:43):
Musk later Tweeting, “Criticizing me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not.”
The suspensions coming after Musk appeared to threaten legal action against the 20 year old Florida college student behind the now suspended @ElongJet account that uses public information to track his private plane. Musk claim that a stalker confronted a car carrying his child in Los Angeles on Tuesday posting this video asking if anyone recognized the driver.
Speaker 6 (01:13):
What’s her name?
Dana Griffin (01:14):
The LAPD said no Police reports had been filed. And late last night a poll expired that asked Twitter users if those accounts should be uns suspended now or in seven days. 59% of votes favored the journalists. Musk tweeting, “The people have spoken.”
Joan Donovan (01:29):
Ultimately, these platforms thrive because we participate. We give them the power. And so consumers and advertisers have a very important voice in deciding tech policy of the future.
Dana Griffin (01:47):
It’s worth noting this was the second poll Musk posted on this topic. He said that the first had too many options, so he narrowed it down. And as he tweeted, “The people have spoken.” Peter. Kristin.
Yep, twitter no longer a place for us to share headlines, but a place that’s making a lot of them these days as well. Dana Griffin, thank you very much.