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NBC News has suspended reporter Ben Collins, who covers misinformation and extremism and their intersection with digital venues, from regular reporting on Twitter and Elon Musk, according to a person familiar with the matter, citing social media statements that the NBCUniversal news organization believed that they were. does not meet its editorial standards.

NBC News declined to make executives available for comment, saying in a statement that it would not comment on personnel matters. Semafor online news reported earlier about the decision regarding Collins.

NBC News took similar action earlier in December, warning Collins several times about his comments about Twitter and Musk, according to this person. Collins remains on staff and has been active on Twitter in recent days.

Meanwhile, Musk’s moves to silence a cadre of prominent journalists on Twitter have caused a deepening rift between the social media’s ownership and several mainstream media outlets.

On Thursday, he suspended The New York Times’ Ryan Mack, Washington Post’s Drew Harwell, CNN’s Donnie O’Sullivan, Mashable’s Matt Binder and the Intercept’s Micah Lee, as well as progressive journalist Aaron Rupar and former MSNBC and ESPN accounts. anchor Keith Olbermann.

Many journalists wrote about Musk’s banning of the @ElonJet account on Wednesday, which tracked the movements of his private jet, or criticized Musk on Twitter. Some of the reporters tweeted a link to a Twitter account followed by rival Mastodon Social.

“The impulsive and unjustified suspension of a number of journalists, including CNN’s Donnie O’Sullivan, is troubling but not surprising,” CNN said in a statement.. “Twitter’s increasing instability and volatility should be incredibly concerning to everyone who uses Twitter. We’ve asked Twitter for an explanation, and based on that response, we’ll reevaluate our relationship.



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