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Elon Musk’s Twitter Poll on Journalist Commentary: Here’s the Result

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Elon Musk said it was “inspiring to see the press’s love for free speech.” (a file)

Today, Elon Musk chose to respond with sarcasm to criticism for commenting on Twitter by half a dozen journalists. Days after several journalists from high-profile organizations like CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post lost access to their accounts without any warning, Musk tweeted about “freedom of expression” for the press.

The world’s richest man tweeted: “It’s inspiring to see the newfound love for freedom of expression by the press.”

Musk, who took over Twitter in October and took it privately, accused the reporters of endangering his family. What sparked this latest controversy was the suspension of an account that had been tracking his private jet. The move was necessary, said Musk, who appeared to blame the account tracking his plane after a “crazy stalker” tracked down a car carrying one of his children in Los Angeles.

Some journalists had reported hanging up the flight tracker, which Musk said were “assassination coordinates” for his family, but he provided no evidence for his claims.

“Any account that captures real-time location information of anyone will be suspended, as it is a violation of physical integrity. This includes posting links to sites that contain real-time location information. It is not something that someone has traveled to on a slight delay basis,” he said yesterday. .

Interestingly, Musk tweeted a survey asking users if they should “unsuspend accounts that exposed my exact real-time location.” The winning choice is “now” with 43 percent of the vote.

Given that Musk revived the suspended accounts of former US President Donald Trump and others after a similar poll, any further development regarding the suspension of journalists awaits him.

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“If anyone posts real-time locations and addresses of New York Times reporters, the FBI will investigate, there will be hearings on Capitol Hill, and Biden will give speeches about the end of democracy!” The billionaire tweeted again, responding to the poll.

Twitter recently revealed a policy update prohibiting the sharing of live location information.

Musk this week lost the top of the list of the world’s richest people to Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, the parent company of the luxury brand Louis Vuitton. This, after he sold $3.6 billion worth of Tesla stock. He has so far raised $20 billion selling his shares in his electric car company.

The latest reports suggest that Twitter is also looking for new equity investors.

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