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Washington Post technology columnist Taylor Lorenz said his Twitter account was suspended Saturday after he tweeted to tech mogul Elon Musk, who is the new owner of the social network, for comment on a story that he was working on.

Lorenz’s Twitter account (@TaylorLorenz), which he launched in 2010, had more than 340,000 followers before it was suspended. “Elon Musk suspended my Twitter account earlier tonight,” he wrote on his Substack. “I received zero information from the company as to why I was suspended or what conditions I violated.”

“Super crazy. Elon seems to ban anyone who disagrees with him,” Lorenz said in a TikTok video he shared Saturday night. Lorenz had been tweeting from an alternative Twitter account, @nodreamsoflabor, before it was also banned.

Musk has not publicly commented on Twitter’s suspension of Lorenz. There was no response to a request for comment Variety Emailed to Twitter’s PR mailbox.

Twitter’s ban on Lorenz, who regularly reports on Twitter and Musk, comes after the mega-billionaire suspended the Twitter accounts of several journalists on Thursday, claiming they had “impersonated” him, after when some (but not all) posted links on the account. which tracked his private jet before recovering some of them on Friday night.

The suspension of Lorenz’s account, without any apparent explanation, makes it appear that Musk, who has called himself a “free speech absolutist,” is now running a campaign to keep information and critical comments away from the platform he bought for $44 billion.

In a post to Substack, Lorenz said he only had three tweets on his Twitter account when it was banned: two promoting his profiles on TikTok and Instagram, and a third asking Musk for comment on a story about Musk that he and WaPo colleague Drew. Harwell (whose account was banned and then banned) worked.

Lorenz did not give details about what the story is about. Musk specifically said in his tweet: “We have learned some information that we would like to share and discuss with you.”

At least two Twitter journalists banned and unbanned this week, Aaron Rupar and Tony Webster, have denied they posted anything that could be construed as “doxing,” which refers to someone’s personal information online without permission. their permission to distribute. “This is not the free speech we were promised,” Webster wrote Friday night. “To be clear, there was no doxing, even if an impulsive, accountable oligarch said so.”

Twitter is asking some journalists to delete tweets it deems to violate Musk’s new policy, which prohibits sharing real-time location information (“regardless of whether this information is publicly available”). Podcaster and political commentator Keith Olbermann on Saturday posted from her dog rescue Twitter account Regarding @keitholbermann’s suspension, “I’ve been banned, then temporarily banned, then banned again, then banned until I delete a tweet that you can’t see anyway…within two hours. What a clown this @elonmusk snowflake is!”

Journalists whose Twitter accounts have been suspended and have not been reinstated include Fox Business reporter Susan Lee (@susanlitv), who said in a segment on Friday that she had been removed from the social network after posting a link to a plane tracking website. to show how Musk’s private jet could be traced using publicly available sources. Also banned from Twitter as of Saturday was Insider’s Linette Lopez (@lopezlinette), who has reported on Musk and his companies for years. Lopez told the AP that shortly before his suspension, he tweeted legal documents that included an email address for Musk from 2018, but which Lopez said was not current.

On Friday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who currently chairs the House Intelligence Committee, criticized Musk’s ban on reporters. “Elon Musk calls himself a free speech absolutist to justify turning a blind eye to hate and bigotry on Twitter. But when journalists report unfavorable news, they are banned without warning,” Schiff wrote in a tweet. “The commitment to free speech is apparently not so absolute. But it is hypocrisy.”

Musk answered Schiff. “Fortunately, you lose your presidency very soon. Your brain is too small.”

On Instagram, Lorenz posted a photo of herself alongside New York Times reporter Ryan Mack on Saturday, both with their hands over their mouths.


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