"There's A New Sheriff In Town": Twitter Nukes Liberal Pundits From Platform
Twitter on Thursday evening began purging reporters from major media outlets, just one day after new owner Elon Musk changed the platform's "anti-doxxing" policy in response to a "crazy stalker" who climbed on the hood of a car carrying his two-year-old son.
Those kicked off the platform include:
- Keith Olbermann of MSNBC
- Ryan Mac of the NY Times
- Anthony Webster of Bellingcat
- Donnie O'Sullivan of CNN
- Micah F. Lee of The Intercept
- Matt Binder of Mashable
- Drew Harwell of the Washington Post
- Aaron Rupar of his mom's basement
There's a new sheriff in town pic.twitter.com/NNfyFnOPmJ— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) December 16, 2022
Also booted was the official account for Twitter competitor Mastadon, which earlier in the day posted a link to track Musk's private jet.
This was The Washington Post's @drewharwell's post before he was suspended from Twitter, outlining how Twitter suspended the account of its competitor Mastodon earlier today. pic.twitter.com/Vc8QuwHXZE— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) December 16, 2022
It was unclear what prompted the suspensions, though it appears they are related to doxxing - current or in the past.
"Same doxxing rules apply to “journalists” as to everyone else," Musk said on Thursday evening, adding "Criticizing me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not."
Same doxxing rules apply to “journalists” as to everyone else— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
"They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service," Musk said in a subsequent tweet.
Criticizing me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Aaron Rupar said in a statement to CNN's Oliver Darcy: "I never posted anything Elon Jet related or that could violate the policy about disclosing locations. Unless the policy is that you criticize Elon and you get banned."
UPDATE: Rupar posted screenshots of the location of Elon Musk's private plane— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 16, 2022
Interestingly, the Washington Post's resident trust-fund snitch Taylor Lorenz deleted her 'entire archive and took her account private,' according to The Federalist's Sean Davis.
Who tipped off @TaylorLorenz that she was about to get busted for doxxing? Within the last hour she nuked her entire archive and took her account private. pic.twitter.com/fLuNoocwVS— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 16, 2022
Corporate media has framed this as Twitter suspending journalists "who have been covering Elon Musk and the company."
A spokesperson for the NY Times said that the suspensions were 'questionable and unfortunate,' and said that no explanation was provided.
"We hope that all of the journalists’ accounts are reinstated and that Twitter provides a satisfying explanation for this action," said Charlie Stadtlander, communications director for the Times.
Some aren't taking the news well...
I don’t know what happened here but if @elonmusk doesn’t fix this within the hour with an explanation by morning, I’ll be on Capitol Hill tomorrow demanding that he be hauled in front of Congress. pic.twitter.com/8oTmLkbdzZ— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) December 16, 2022
What happened to:— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 16, 2022
-- Private companies have the right to disassociate themselves from anyone they want.
-- Have you ever heard of "Terms of Service?"
-- If you don't like how Twitter does content moderation, start your own social media site.
Remember all those arguments? https://t.co/j0P2os8ZF4
As expected, the reactions have been flying!
It’s funny seeing the Libs panic over their friends getting suspended. They’re finally getting a taste of what Conservatives have lived through for years. https://t.co/WYmOBKbL1N— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) December 16, 2022
Me looking at libs saying that account suspension rules are vague and aren’t applied evenly pic.twitter.com/g61lqoeVhE— Richard Harambe (@Doc_Chimpanzee) December 16, 2022
Suddenly the fake media cares about twitter suspensions.— John Ocasio-Rodham Nolte (@NolteNC) December 16, 2022
December 15th is the new January 6th— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) December 16, 2022
Maybe he wants real news reporting on the site, and not political propaganda.— Momo Shitco (@MomoShitco) December 16, 2022
I know it's a hard concept for some of you "journalists" to grasp. https://t.co/zOrSSsjnWU