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Twitter suspended the accounts of several prominent journalists who recently published articles about its new owner, Elon Musk, with Musk tweeting that rules prohibiting the publication of personal information apply to everyone, including journalists.
Musk, who has described himself as a free speech absolutist, responded to a Tweet about account suspensions by tweeting that journalists are subject to the same doxxing rules as everyone else. He was referring to Twitter's rules prohibiting the sharing of personal information, known as doxxing.
Musk's tweet referenced Twitter's suspension of @elonjet, an account that tracked his private jet in real time using publicly available data. Musk had threatened legal action against the operator of the account, claiming that his son was mistakenly being followed by a "crazy stalker."
It was unclear whether all of the journalists whose accounts were suspended had shared or commented on news about @elonjet.
Musk tweeted that it was acceptable to criticize him all day, but it was unacceptable to doxx his real-time location and endanger his family.
The suspensions echo the chaotic actions at Twitter since Elon Musk took over, including the rapid firing of top management and thousands of employees, the back-and-forth regarding how much to charge for Twitter's subscription service, Twitter Blue, and the reinstatement of banned accounts, including that of former President Donald Trump.
Ella Irwin, Twitter's new head of trust and safety, told reporters this month that Twitter now heavily relies on automation to moderate content, eliminating certain manual reviews and favoring distribution restrictions over outright removal of certain speech.