The Blaze reported on Saturday that Twitter unsuspended a group of journalists who had revealed platform owner Elon Musk’s exact location in real time.
That move came after Musk posted a poll in which he asked Twitter users to decide the suspended users’ fate, saying, “The people have spoken.”
Unsuspend accounts who doxxed my exact location in real-time
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Musk accused journos of doxxing him
“They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service,” the Blaze quoted Musk as saying.
“Criticizing me all day long is totally fine,” he continued before adding that “doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not.”
The suspended accounts belonged to CNN host Donie O’Sullivan, New York Times contributor Ryan Mac, Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell, independent journalist Aaron Rupar, and political commentator Keith Olbermann.
Each of the individuals identifies as a member of the political left and previously had little concern for the way that Twitter used to routinely silence conservative voices.
That many observers who had hitherto favored censorship suddenly expressed outrage over the suspensions was not lost on journalist Glenn Greenwald.
I’ve never seen an orgy of hypocrisy quite as brazen as how the exact same media corporations and journalists who spent years demanding more Big Tech censorship turned *overnight* into free speech champions: because now it’s their friends being silenced rather than their enemies.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 16, 2022
Musk’s crackdown on doxxing came after tweeting that a vehicle containing one of his children was attacked by a masked man in Los Angeles.
“Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location info,” he wrote, adding, “Posting locations someone traveled to on a slightly delayed basis isn’t a safety problem, so [it’s] ok.”
“Last night, car carrying lil X in LA was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving & climbed onto hood,” Musk continued.
He then went on to post a short video clip of the alleged stocker along with the license plate of his vehicle, asking, “Anyone recognize this person or car?”
Anyone recognize this person or car? pic.twitter.com/2U0Eyx7iwl
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 15, 2022