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The role of journalists criticizing Elon Musk in the suspension of Twitter’s Spaces feature

Why were journalists’ accounts suspended? What happened in the Spaces broadcast, which Elon Musk also participated in? Why didn’t the Spaces feature work after the Spaces release? 

We have informed you that Twitter suspended Mastodon’s account. Following the suspension of the Mastodon account, the account of Drew Harwell of the Washington Post, who reported on the subject, was suspended. Then, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who reported on Elon Musk and Twitter, Ryan Mac from The New York Times, Donie O’Sullivan from CNN, Matt Binder from Mashable and journalist Aaron Rupar suspended the accounts.

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Why were journalists’ accounts suspended? 

While the journalists stated that they had not received a warning notice on the subject before, Elon Musk accused the journalists of revealing (doxxing) personal information.

 

 

 

At this point; It should be noted that the suspension of the journalists’ account is related to the @ElonJet account, which shares real-time location information of Elon Musk’s Jet. The bot account @ElonJet, created by Jack Sweeney, a student at the University of Central Florida, followed and shared the activities of Musk’s private jet. Sweeney had created similar accounts for both Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk’s brother Kimbal Musk. All bot accounts created by Jack Sweeney with his account have been removed from the platform. 

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What happened in the Spaces broadcast, which Elon Musk also participated in? 

Journalists whose accounts were suspended and Elon Musk, who later met with Jack Sweeney in a Spaces broadcast, accused the journalists of revealing personal information again, and announced that their accounts were removed for this reason. When Drew Harwell from the Washington Post stated that he did not share such information in his news, Elon Musk stated that the link to the @ElonJet account was shared. 

In response to what Elon Musk said, Harwell explained that the @ElonJet account was removed from the platform, so those who clicked on the link would not be able to access the information, and therefore it was meaningless to suspend their own account. Elon Musk, emphasizing that journalists cannot be treated separately, “If you reveal personal information, your account will be suspended, that’s it!” said and left the session. 

 

Why didn’t the Spaces feature work after the Spaces release? 

After Elon Musk left the session, problems began to appear in the Spaces feature. For a certain period of time, users were unable to start a new Spaces chat or join an existing chat. In response to a Twitter user wondering what the problem with Spaces was, Musk said he “fixed an old bug” and the feature should work again the next day. Musk shared with his followers that Spaces is working again. 

 

 

 

We have seen that the steps taken by Elon Musk, who stated that Twitter should be a place with complete freedom of expression, contradicted himself. Musk, who brought Trump back to the platform with a previous poll, created a poll for suspended accounts on Twitter and said that these accounts could return to the platform . It is possible to say that an era has begun in Twitter, where moderation and platform principles are replaced by personal surveys. 

Musk, again, brought up the reopening of suspended accounts of journalists with a survey. As part of the survey results, he announced that his suspended accounts will be reopened. 

 

Although Jack Dorsey has said that Elon Musk is the only solution for the future of Twitter , the decisions Musk has made have only hurt Twitter so far.

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