Twitter bans CNN, NYT, WaPo journalists without explanation.

Twitter on Thursday (15) evening banned the accounts of several high-profile journalists from top news organizations without explanation, apparently marking a significant attempt by new owner Elon Musk to wield his unilateral authority over the platform.

The accounts belonging to CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, The New York Times’ Ryan Mac, The Washington Post’s Drew Harwell and other journalists who have covered Musk aggressively in recent weeks were all abruptly permanently suspended. The account of progressive independent journalist Aaron Rupar was also banned.

Neither Musk nor Twitter responded to a request for comment Thursday evening, and the platform did not explain precisely why the journalists were exiled from the platform. But as the news broke online, Musk tweeted that the “same doxxing rules apply to ‘journalists’ as to everyone else,” in an apparent reference to a now-banned flight tracking Twitter account at the center of recent controversy.

The bans raised a number of questions about the future of the platform, which has been referred to as a digital town square. It also called into serious question Musk’s supposed commitment to free speech.

Musk has repeatedly said he would like to permit all legal speech on the platform; in April, on the same day he announced he would purchase Twitter, he had tweeted: “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”

Source: https://edition.cnn.com


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