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Musk Reverses Course on Journalist Suspensions After Criticism

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The saga of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover will likely be studied for years, as the eccentric billionaire continuing to some rather controversial decisions with his already-failing project.

For instance, his recent banning of a number of prominent journalists was seen as an anti-free speech maneuver, particularly after Musk repeatedly suggested that he’d be bringing more liberty to the platform.  The move was so unpopular, in fact, that he’s now reversed course.

Amid intense backlash and accusations of violating press freedom, Twitter has reinstated the accounts of several journalists who were suspended earlier this week.

On Thursday night, the social media platform suspended several reporters who had tweeted or written about Elon Musk’s ownership of the company.

The accounts that went dark included Donie O’Sullivan of CNN; Ryan Mac of The New York Times; Drew Harwell of The Washington Post; Micah Lee of The Intercept; and journalist Aaron Rupar.

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On Friday evening, Musk put the decision of whether to reinstate suspended accounts up for a public vote. He tweeted an informal poll which asked Twitter users to choose when to “unsuspend accounts who doxxed my exact location in real-time.”

Musk used democratic means to make a determination.

According to the poll, 58.7% of voters favored lifting the suspensions immediately over 41.3% of respondents who said Musk should wait seven more days.

The Tesla CEO had similarly suspended and reinstated an account that tracks the movements of his private jet, complaining that the already-publicly-available information was akin to “doxing”.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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