This Saturday Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced that the platform would lift the suspensions of journalists it had blocked for sharing information about their location.
"The people have spoken," said the billionaire followed by the news of the reinstatement of the accounts.
The businessman reportedly made the decision after conducting a survey on Twitter where he asked users whether he should reinstate the journalists’ accounts immediately or wait a week.
The results showed that, of the more than 3 million participants, almost 59% wanted the suspensions to be lifted as soon as possible.
Unsuspend accounts who doxxed my exact location in real-time
- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Musk justifies suspension
Elon Musk suspended the accounts of journalists from The New York Times, CNN and Washington Post such as Donie O'Sullivan, Ryan Mac, Drew Harwell, Micah Lee, Steve Herman, Matt Binder, Keith Olbermann and Aaron Rupar.
At the time, Twitter’s CEO explained that the media professionals had allegedly failed to comply with the doxxing policy, which doesn’t allow for personal identifiable information to be disclosed.
"Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location info," Musk reported at the time.
Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location info.
Posting locations someone traveled to on a slightly delayed basis isn't a safety problem, so is ok.
- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 15, 2022
Despite this, the billionaire opted to reinstate the accounts after receiving criticism, especially from the media, which called Musk's decision "arbitrary."
However, one account that would remain suspended was that of Jack Sweeney, a young programmer who tracked Musk’s private flights and posted them on the social network.
Elon said he even announced that he would take legal action against the student after an incident occurred while his son was riding in a car and a "crazy stalker" accosted him.