OAN Newsroom Correspondent Geri Berry
UPDATED 2:36 PM PT – Friday, December 16, 2022
Elon Musk is receiving backlash from both sides of the Atlantic after Twitter suspended the accounts of several prominent journalists from the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, and other popular liberal commentators. The company claimed that the accounts were “manually reviewed.”
This comes as part of Musk’s attempt to crack down on the sharing of the whereabouts of his private jet.
On Wednesday, a stalker pursued a vehicle carrying Musk’s son. The man climbed onto the hood of the car. At the time, the man was unaware that Musk was not in the vehicle. This act enraged the Twitter CEO. Due to this incident, later in the day the account of Jack Sweeney was suspended. The 20-year-old University of Central Florida college student is in charge of the account @ElonJet. The Twitter account that tracks Musk’s flight trajectories and posts the information for the public to see.
“Criticizing me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not,” Musk tweeted.
The Twitter CEO claimed that his new “doxxing” policy had been broken by the suspended accounts and that they revealed what he claims to be “assassination coordinates” on him.
Many accounts have voiced criticism of the Head of Trust and Safety’s content moderation decisions. One of the most vocal public figures who is commenting on the issue is Senator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)
Musk brushed the criticism, by simply responding, “You first.”
Democrats are complaining that Musk’s failure comes as a contradiction to his claimed commitment to free speech that he made when he purchased the social media platform. Some of the consequences of Musk’s recent actions include his flagship company Tesla’s stock hitting a new two-year low.