Elon Musk says journalists ‘think they’re better than everyone else’ amid suspension controversy

Elon Musk commented on this week’s controversy after the social media company suspended the accounts of several journalists who shared information about the billionaire’s whereabouts, saying the media “thinks they’re better than everyone else.”

Entrepreneur David Sacks conducted a Twitter poll asking “should real-time doxxing be allowed on Twitter,” whether temporary account suspensions are a “reasonable” way to deal with violators, and whether corporate journalists should be required to speak up to abide by the same rules as all other users.

He later commented on the poll results, writing: “Interesting that the strongest finding is that the corporate media is treated the same as everyone else. I suppose that’s why they’re acting hysterical right now.”

“They think they’re better than everyone else,” Musk wrote back.

Following his comment, the billionaire clarified his earlier statement, saying, “Not all journalists are bad, but far too many are.”

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The comments come after the Twitter CEO went on a suspension spree on Thursday. Reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Voice of America and other independent news outlets saw their accounts go dark.

Musk tweeted late Friday that the company would be lifting the bans following the results of a public poll on his account.

The CEO has previously used Twitter polls to restore Donald Trump’s account and reverse a ban that kept the former president off the site.

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The poll found that 58.7% of participants supported immediate unbanning of accounts, with 41.3% of voters saying the bans should be lifted in seven days.

The drama began after Musk accused a university student who tracked the movement of Musk’s private jet of being responsible for an alleged encounter between his young son and a stalker.

The company did not explain why the accounts were shut down. But Musk took to Twitter Thursday night to call journalists who were sharing private information about his whereabouts, which he described as “basically murder coordinates.”

Earlier Thursday, Musk defended the decision to ban several reporters from the platform, tweeting, “‘Journalists’ follow the same doxxing rules as everyone else.”

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