Several high profile journalists suspended from Twitter Thursday night were reinstated early Saturday.
“The people have spoken” Elon Musk tweeted.
Twitter users voted to restore the accounts that were banned without warning in a poll published by Musk. That The new owner of the social media platform recently used Twitter polls for several high-profile decisions, including restoring former President Donald Trump’s account.
The reports from The New York Times’ Ryan Mac, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, Washington Post’s Drew Harwell, Mashable’s Matt Binder, The Intercept’s Micah Lee, Voice of America’s Steve Herman, and independent journalists Aaron Rupar, Keith Olbermann and Tony Webster were all suspended Thursday night.
“Matt Binder is back,” the Mashable journalist tweeted early Saturday.
Olbermann’s account appeared to remain suspended as of Saturday morning.
musk had said The bans would last for seven days, but early Saturday it said the “accounts that doxxed my location are now being unbanned”.
He has accused the journalists of leaking private information about his whereabouts, which he described as “basically murder coordinates”. NBC News could not verify this claim.
“You Doxx, you will be suspended. End of the story. That’s it,” Musk said in an audio discussion on Twitter Space Thursday night, explaining his latest policy to more than 30,000 listeners.
That’s what he was referring to Twitter’s latest rule change on accounts tracking private jetsincluding one by Musk that was unveiled on Wednesday.
Several of the suspended reporters had written about the new policy and Musk’s rationale for its introduction, which included his allegations of a stalking incident that he said affected his family in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
He tweeted Wednesday that a car containing one of his children was being pursued and prevented from moving by a driver who Musk said had climbed onto the hood of the car with his child inside.
The Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday that no police reports had been filed. Other law enforcement agencies also cover parts of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Musk said: “Any account doxxing real-time location information of anyone will be banned as a physical security breach. This includes posting links to websites with real-time location information.”
“Posting places someone has traveled with a little delay isn’t a safety issue, so it’s fine,” Musk added.
However, the suspended accounts did not tweet the real-time location of the car Musk said his child was in. One of the suspended accounts, “@elonjet,” previously tweeted flight data showing the location of Musk’s private jet. Some of the suspended journalists had previously tweeted links to the account and other profiles of creator Jack Sweeney, whose private Twitter account was also suspended.
Flight data includes where a plane lands, but it doesn’t track a plane’s occupants outside of the plane itself, so it couldn’t be used to track the real-time location of Musk or his children when they’re not on board or in were near the aircraft.
The account for Mastodon, a platform that has become one of Twitter’s main competitors, was also suspended Thursday, and links to Mastodon and other autonomous, decentralized networks were blocked as “unsafe” links that could no longer be tweeted.
The suspensions on Thursday were sharp criticized by freedom of expression expertsand Musky cheerleaders and some conservative influencers joined in condemning the move.
Musk had vowed to run Twitter as a free speech absolutist and has since regained control Accounts associated with the QAnon movement and other far-right groups but others forbidden.
He also removed critics his policies from the company.
The Associated Press, David Ingram and Jason Abruzzese contributed.