Controversial Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz says she was fired from Twitter at the behest of its owner, Elon Musk.
Lorenz made the claim in a post on Substack, adding that he did not and did not violate Twitter’s terms of service.
On Substack, Lorenz claimed that he only had three tweets on his account at the time of the suspension. One of them was a tweet sent to Musk.
Lorenz claimed that he and colleague Drew Harwell (also banned by Musk earlier in the week) were “working on a story with Musk and were hoping to get [a] comment from him.”
“When I went to log in and see if he had responded to our survey, I was suspended,” Lorenz said in a post on Substack. “I received zero information from the company as to why I was suspended or what conditions I violated.”
“I’ve been on Twitter since 2010 and have managed Twitter accounts for major media brands including Verizon, WordPress, The Daily Mail, People magazine, The Hill, and dozens of others.” he added. “In my 13-year career in social media, I have never once received a violation of the terms of service or community guidelines for my personal account or any account I managed.”
He went on to complain that bans on journalists should worry “everyone who values free speech and expression.”
Earlier this week, Musk banned several journalists from the Washington Post, CNN, New York Times and other publications. He claimed they were “doxxing” him by sharing his real-time location, which he called the “coordinates of the murder.”
He initially said the affected journalists would be suspended from the platform for seven days. But after launching a poll on the issue that showed a majority of people wanted them reinstated, Musk backed down and lifted his ban.
Lorenz criticized Musk’s decision to release the so-called “Twitter Files,” which detail arbitrary bans on conservatives and government pressure on social media to suppress comments unfavorable to the regime.
In other Twitter news, the service has decided to stop promoting other social media sites on its service.