Elon Musk, the company’s founder, claims that Twitter’s new anti-doxxing policy is what led to the suspension of the accounts of several American journalists. The decision to suspend these accounts has led some users to question the creation and application of the platform’s moderation policy. This is what has taken place thus far.

The saga started when Musk’s private jet’s movements were tracked using publicly available data by Jack Sweeney, a 20-year-old university student who ran the account @ElonJet. Sweeney also managed other accounts that followed the jets of other billionaires, including Jeff Bezos of Amazon. These accounts were all put on hold.

The accounts of six journalists who had written about the subject the day before were also suspended. The New York Times’ Ryan Mac, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, The Washington Post’s Drew Harwell, independent reporters Aaron Rupar and Tony Webster, Mashable’s Matt Binder, The Intercept’s Micah Lee, and longtime sportscaster Keith Olbermann were among those present.

Mastodon, a platform that has grown in popularity as a Twitter substitute, had its Twitter account suspended for allegedly tweeting a link to Elon Musk’s live location.

No justification for the suspension of the journalists’ accounts was provided. Later, when many reporters claimed they had not done so, Musk finally acknowledged that it was because they had “allegedly” tweeted links to his live location and address.

Initial tweets from Twitter’s owner claimed that @ElonJet’s suspension was justified by the company’s new anti-doxxing policy, which forbids posting any “real-time live location of any person.”

He wrote, “Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location info. Posting locations someone traveled to on a slightly delayed basis isn’t a safety problem, so is ok.”

He continued by describing how someone tried to stop his two-year-old son X’s car after seeing it being followed by someone who thought Elon was in it.

In addition, Musk published a video that showed the purported stalker’s licence plate number, which many people noted also exposed the personal information of another person.

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