Elon Musk’s Twitter poll on journalist suspension: Here are the results

Elon Musk's Twitter poll on journalist suspension: Here are the results

Elon Musk said it was “inspirational to see the press’s newfound love for freedom of expression.” (File)

Elon Musk today decided to use sarcasm in response to criticism for suspending half a dozen journalists from Twitter. Days after several journalists from prominent organizations including CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post lost access to their accounts without warning, Musk tweeted about the press’s “freedom of expression.”

“So inspiring to see the newfound love of freedom of expression through the press,” the once-richest man in the world tweeted.

Musk, who took over and privatized Twitter in October, accused the journalists of endangering his family. What sparked this latest controversy was the suspension of an account tracking his private jet. The move was necessary after “a crazed stalker” followed a car carrying one of his kids in Los Angeles, said Musk, who apparently blamed the account tracking his jet.

Some of the journalists had reported on the jet tracker’s suspension, which Musk described as “assassination coordinates” for his family, but provided no evidence to support his claim.

“Any account doxxing real-time location information of anyone will be banned as it is a physical security breach. This includes posting links to websites with real-time location information. Posting places someone has traveled to with a bit of a delay isn’t a security issue, so it’s fine,” he said yesterday.

Interestingly, Musk tweeted a poll asking users to “unblock accounts that have doxxed my precise location in real-time.” The winning option is “Now” with 43 percent of the votes.

With Musk resurrecting the suspended accounts of former US President Donald Trump and others following a similar poll, any further development on journalist suspensions is awaited.

“If someone posted real-time locations and addresses of NYT reporters, the FBI would investigate, there would be hearings on Capitol Hill, and Biden would make speeches about the end of democracy!” the billionaire tweeted again, responding to the poll .

Twitter recently rolled out a policy update that prohibits the sharing of live location information.

Musk lost the top spot on the global rich list this week to Bernard Arnault, CEO of luxury brand Louis Vuitton’s parent company LVMH. This is after he sold $3.6 billion worth of Tesla stock. He has raised $20 billion so far by selling his shares in his electric vehicle company.

Twitter is also looking for new investors, recent reports suggest.

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