Elon Musk has 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 Sachs ran a Twitter poll asking: “Should real-time doxxing be allowed on Twitter,” are temporary account suspensions a “reasonable” way to deal with violations, and should corporate journalists be required to follow the same rules as anyone else? user
He later commented on the survey results, writing: “Interestingly, the strongest result is treating corporate media like everyone else.
“They think they’re better than everyone else,” Musk replied.
After his comment, the billionaire clarified his earlier statement, saying: “Not all journalists are bad, but too many are.”
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The comments came after Twitter’s CEO called off the layoff on Thursday. Reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Voice of America and other independent news agencies saw their accounts blacked out.
Musk tweeted late Friday that the company would lift the suspensions following the results of a public survey on his account.
The CEO previously used Twitter polls to reinstate Donald Trump’s account, overturning a ban on the former president from the site.
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The poll found that 58.7% of respondents favored immediate account suspensions, compared to 41.3% of voters who said suspensions should be lifted after seven days.
The drama began after Musk accused a university student who was tracking the movements of Musk’s private jet of being responsible for the alleged encounter between his young son and the spy.
The company did not explain why the accounts were removed. But Musk took to Twitter Thursday night to call out reporters who were sharing personal information about his whereabouts, which he described as “basically the coordinates of an assassination.”
Earlier Thursday, Musk defended the decision to ban several journalists from the platform, tweeting: “Journalists are subject to the same rules as everyone else.”