A number of outstanding journalists that cowl Twitter and its new CEO Elon Musk had been suspended from the social media platform on Thursday evening.
Ryan Mac from The New York Occasions, Drew Harwell from The Washington Submit, Donie O’Sullivan from CNN, Micah Lee from The Intercept, Matt Binder from Mashable, unbiased journalists Aaron Rupar and Tony Webster and political commentator Keith Olbermann all seem to have had their accounts suspended.
The collection of suspensions got here on the heels of Twitter’s determination to droop Mastadon’s official account. The social media platform had been recommended as a possible various Twitter within the wake of Musk’s chaotic takeover of the corporate.
A number of of the suspended journalists had just lately lined Musk’s dispute with Jack Sweeney, who ran a Twitter account that tracked the actions of the billionaire’s jet. That account was suspended on Tuesday, regardless of Musk’s vows to not ban it simply weeks earlier than. Sweeney’s private account was additionally suspended.
Musk, who acquired Twitter in late October for $44 billion, has beforehand described himself as a “free-speech absolutist” and pledged to return “free speech” to the platform by reining within the earlier management’s content material moderation insurance policies.
The Hill has reached out to Twitter for remark.