On Thursday, December 15, Twitter deleted the account of the Mastodon platform and several well-known American journalists who criticized the suspension of the Twitter account after the movements of Elon Musk’s private plane. The promises made by the billionaire regarding freedom of expression on the platform seem far fetched.
A note reading “Account Suspended” appeared Thursday on the profile @joinmastodon, which had over 100,000 followers (as of December 11, 2022) and still appears on Mastodon as its Twitter account.
Earlier today, the Mastodon Twitter account took to Send a link to an account on its own platform that follows the aircraft’s movementsElon Muskjust one day after ElonJet’s account was suspended.
Wednesday evening, Elon Musk Advertising New rules apply on Twitter: “Any account information about an individual’s real-time location will be suspended, as it is a breach of physical security. This includes posting links to sites that contain real-time location information.”
A slew of tech journalists known to be critical of Elon Musk were also banned from Twitter Thursday night, including Drew Harwell (Washington Post), Donnie O’Sullivan (CNN), Ryan Mac(The New York Times), Mika Lee (collaborator on Cross), Binder is dead (Mashable), Writer Aaron Robar And the Keith Olbermann (former presenter of MSNBC).
many of these journalists He appeared to be tweeting about the account that tracks Elon Musk’s plane, or on billionaires in general, before seeing their account suspended. Owned by Elon Musk announce that the tweets from these accounts were blasphemous and a “direct violation of Twitter’s terms of service”. »
Thursday evening, the billionaire has chirp “The same rules of leverage apply to ‘journalists’ as they apply to the rest of the world.”
Elon Musk has promised that he will allow all the talk that Twitter’s moderation policy allows before entering into a deal to buy the platform. Soon after taking over the social network, he attracted attention by reinstating the former US president Donald Trump And many other conservative figures. However, many of the billionaire’s recent actions clearly contradict the promises they made. The Twitter account that tracks his plane has been sharing publicly available information, and Elon Musk has been doing just that chirp Last month, he said he was leaving that online account: “My commitment to freedom of expression goes so far as not to block an account that follows my plane, even if it poses an immediate danger to my personal safety.” On several occasions in recent days, the billionaire has said the ElonJet account threatened his family, and has vowed to take legal action against the 20-year-old student who runs the account, Jack Sweeney. This account has been a problem for the billionaire for at least a year. show last year $5,000 to the account operator to stop tracking his aircraft, pursuant to CNN.
Launched in 2016, the Mastodon platform caught public attention after Elon Musk took over Twitter, with many users leaving Twitter considering the platform as a potential replacement. The Mastodon Network operates on a radically different model than Twitter, with users signing up on different servers that essentially act as their own communities. This process has caused confusion for many new users. With the new policies that Elon Musk has taken, so will he now It is impossible for users to share their Mastodon accounts on Twitter.
Owned by Elon Musk the demand For Twitter users when it has to “lift the suspension of accounts that have pinpointed my exact location in real time”. In a series of (unscientific) polls, Elon Musk asked Twitter users to consider the platform’s policy decisions. The billionaire has released two versions of the survey, one offering multiple choices as to when the suspensions will be lifted and the other offering only two (“now” or “within seven days”). Accounts that practice doxxing usually receiveTemporary seven-day suspension. Elon Musk ended the broadest poll after just a few hours, which, According to himbecause it had “too many options.” The survey attracted More than 535,000 votes. The “now” option was the most popular, with 43% of the vote, closely followed by those who favored hanging “for longer” than seven days. The Simplified version From the survey is still online. at the current hour, More than 1.6 million people They voted. Now comes out on top with about 60% of the vote.
It’s unclear if and how Elon Musk’s polls factor into his decision-making, and what, if any, numerical limits apply. He said, “The audience has spoken […] Vox Populi, Vox Dei” after announcing policy changes he had achieved in the past, including lifting the suspension on Donald Trump and announcing a “global pardon”, suggesting that public opinion plays a popular role.
Unsuspending accounts who have pinpointed my exact location in real time
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Owned by Elon Musk Pay for retreat He claims his private plane can be tracked using only public data. “My plane can’t actually be tracked without using non-public data,” he wrote on Twitter.
According to the latest real-time estimates of ForbesElon Musk net worth is estimated at $174.6 billion. He is currently the second richest person in the world after the French luxury mogul Bernard Arnault. Elon Musk fell back behind the French billionaire after almost selling it $3.6 billion in stock are you here.
The media was quick to criticize Elon Musk’s decision to suspend journalists’ accounts. communication team CNN published a statement He condemns this “hasty and unwarranted comment.” The outlet demanded an explanation from Twitter and would “reevaluate.” [leur] On the basis of this response. Sally BuzbyEditor in Chief Washington Postsaid the comment by one of its journalists “undermines Elon Musk’s assertion that he intends to operate Twitter as a platform dedicated to freedom of expression,” according to NBC. Spokesman The New York Times he said to NBC The comment is questionable, unfortunate and without explanation.
– CNN Communications (CNNPR) December 16, 2022
Elon Musk is a prolific user and subject of memes, and he hasn’t stopped since he took the reins of Twitter. And Thursday night, the billionaire tweeted: “I love Barbra Streisand.” This statement, while it may refer to a sincere love for the famous singer, is more likely to refer to the Internet phenomenon that bears her name: the Streisand effect. This term is used to explain the unintended consequences of censoring information online. The singer actually tried to delete photos of her home in Malibu in 2003, thus bringing this property to the attention of the whole world. The media frenzy that followed Elon Musk’s efforts to crack down on accounts tracking the movements of his plane is a clear example of the Streisand effect.
I love Barbra Streisand lol
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Authors: Nicholas Reiman and Robert Hart
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