Twitter chief Elon Musk wants to unblock the internationally criticized accounts of several journalists on the SMS service. The billionaire Tesla founder made the announcement via a tweet on Saturday in response to a short-term Twitter poll, in which 58.7 percent of respondents said they wanted recently blocked accounts unlocked immediately. “People have spoken. Accounts that posted my location will now be unblocked,” Musk wrote on Twitter.
Twitter on Thursday blocked the accounts of several US journalists who have recently reported on Musk. Musk accused them of sharing the real-time location of his private jet in violation of the ban on sharing personal information, known as “doxxing.” Musk said such behavior threatens his family’s safety.
The blocking of journalists’ accounts was met with sharp criticism internationally. The UN was also very concerned about the development of the electronic network under its new owner Elon Musk. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York on Friday that reporters should not be silenced by arbitrarily suspending accounts on a platform that purports to be a space for free speech.
“In our view, this move sets a dangerous precedent at a time when journalists around the world face censorship, physical threats, and worse,” Dujarric continued. Recently, we’ve seen an alarming rise in hate speech, misinformation related to climate, and other topics on Twitter. Representatives of the media and governments around the world have also harshly criticized Musk, accusing him of restricting freedom of the press whenever he wants.
The online service has developed into an important communications platform in recent years: Governments, authorities and politicians use Twitter for their PR work all over the world. Tech billionaire Musk acquired the company in October and has since stirred up a stir with controversial actions.
staff The New York TimesThe Washington Post and CNN anchor. The news reported that the closures took place without prior notice Washington Post. The day before, Twitter blocked an account that could be used to track CEO Elon Musk’s private jet. Some of the now-banned journalists reported on it, as well as Musk’s statement that he and his family were put at risk by the disclosure of location data.
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“The suspension of the Twitter accounts of several high-profile journalists, including Ryan Mack of The New York Times, is questionable and unfortunate,” the newspaper’s spokesperson said. Charlie Statlanderyesterday with. It is hoped that the ban will be lifted. “The hasty and unwarranted comment by a number of reporters, including CNN’s Donnie O’Sullivan, is troubling but not surprising,” CNN wrote. Many of the accounts now banned have so much access so far. Journalists publish research and opinion articles on the platform.
The Twitter account used to track Musk’s private jet was created by a student who used a computer robot to analyze publicly available flight data. Musk was in for one tweet It was reported Wednesday evening that the disabled bot account violated the online platform’s user guidelines. Twitter’s chief announced in November that he was so committed to free speech that he allowed the account, even though it posed a security risk.
The federal government has also criticized the closures. Deputy government spokeswoman Christiane Hoffmann said Friday in Berlin that people are noticing what is happening on Twitter with increasing concern. “We are watching this closely and asking ourselves what consequences we can draw.” However, no decisions have been made yet.
that Ministry of Foreign Affairs On Friday, he tweeted: “Freedom of the press should not be turned on and off at will.” The post referred to several of the journalists’ accounts being banned. They can no longer follow, comment or criticize the State Department. “We have a problem with Twitter,” she said. A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry said: “From our point of view, freedom of the press is a very valuable asset and must be defended when it is questioned, whether by states or by private actors.”
“There are red lines and penalties soon,” he added.
European Commission deputy Vera Jourova threatened Musk’s company with long-term penalties. “The news about the arbitrary suspension of journalists on Twitter is worrying,” the Czech wrote on SMS on Friday. Among other things, she noted that the European Union’s Digital Services Act (DSA), whose provisions will apply throughout the European Union from mid-February 2024, requires respect for media freedom and fundamental rights. “There are red lines and penalties soon,” he added.
The German Press Association also told Musk on Friday to immediately lift the blocks. “Elon Musk is known to be sensitive to criticism,” says Frank Oberal, chairman of the National DJV Board of Directors. “The fact that he has banned journalists from tweeting is a fatal restriction on press freedom.” Nobody gives the owner of Twitter the right to use arbitrary actions to undermine the fundamental right to freedom of the press and freedom of expression.
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