Twitter suspends accounts of journalists covering Elon Musk

The social media platform suspended the accounts of journalists from The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN.

Twitter suspends accounts of journalists covering social media platform and owner Elon Musk Getty Images

Twitter has suspended the accounts of journalists who cover the platform’s new owner Elon Musk.

Reporters from publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post as well as CNN have all been suspended from the social media site.

Neither the company nor Musk gave any explanation for why it took down the accounts and made their profiles and past tweets disappear.

The suspensions on Thursday follow Musk’s decision on Wednesday to permanently ban an account that automatically tracked the flights of his private jet using publicly available data.

Tweets from the widely-followed @elonjet account were no longer viewable on Wednesday. The account had more than 526,000 followers as of Tuesday.

Twitter also changed its rules to prohibit the sharing of another person’s current location without their consent.

A number of the journalist accounts suspended on Thursday had posted links to the jet tracker account.

Musk posted on Thursday morning: “Same doxxing rules apply to “journalists” as to everyone else.”

Several of the reporters suspended on Thursday night had been writing about that new policy and Musk’s rationale for imposing it, which involved his allegations about a stalking incident that affected his family on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.