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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Elon Musk suspends Twitter account of top journalists, Keith Olbermann and Aaron Rupar, after criticising him on Substack

Prominent liberal journalist Aaron Rupar has had his Twitter account suspended by Elon Musk’s social media platform.

Rupar, who has more than 788,000 followers, had his account suspended the day after Twitter suspended then restored an account that followed the movements of the billionaire’s private jet.

And it came on the same day that Twitter suspended the account of social media rival platform Mastedon.

Mr Rupar was an Associate Editor at Vox Media until 2021, and has been covering national politics as an independent journalist ever since.

Rupar regularly covers right-wing politicians such as Donald Trump, as well as Fox News and hosts such as Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.On December 15, 2022, Aaron Rupar, a journalist who previously worked for Vox Media, was permanently suspended from the platform, with a list of others.

Aaron Rupar, 39, was suspended from Twitter on December 15, 2022.

The independent journalist had criticized the platform's new owner, Elon Musk, in the past but, as of late, had only shared another writer's Substack newsletter.

However, it was on his Substack platform Public Notice.

The Substack was titled Elon Musk’s Reactionary Populism. and was written by Noah Berlatsky. Of Musk, the newsletter says: "Musk, one of the richest people on earth, frames himself as a brave voice of the people fighting against entrenched elites."

"It’s easy to call him an out-of-touch hypocrite — and everyone should call him that! — but the populist cosplay of the very rich isn’t just a deception."

The New York Times’ Ryan Mac, The Washington Post’s Drew Harwell, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, Mashable’s Matt Binder, The Intercept’s Micah Lee and Tony Webster have also been suspended, according to NBC News.

Though it is unclear why the accounts were suspended, The Washington Post reports that many of the journalists had written about Musk banning the account on Wednesday that tracks the movements of his private jet, and had also been critical of Musk on Twitter. Some of the journalists had tweeted a link to the tracking account on Twitter rival Mastodon Social.

It listed ways in which elites, like Kanye West and Dave Chapelle, stand for diversity, but that there is a difference between them and "marginalized people who dare to speak up for themselves, or who simply want to live their lives without being insulted, tormented, or brutalized, are pilloried as vaunting elitists who must be confronted, overthrown, destroyed."

In essence, the Substack newsletter shared by Rupar on Public Notice argued that the divide in our country is about both wealth and race and that Musk is at the top of both food chains and knows it.

“The impulsive and unjustified suspension of a number of reporters, including CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, is concerning but not surprising,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. “Twitter’s increasing instability and volatility should be of incredible concern for everyone who uses Twitter. We have asked Twitter for an explanation, and we will reevaluate our relationship based on that response.”

Also on Thursday night, Mastodon’s account was suspended from Twitter. Earlier in the day, Mastodon had tweeted a link to the private jet tracker’s account on its own platform.

The jet-tracking bot was created by Florida college student Jack Sweeney — whose own personal Twitter account has also been suspended. Musk tweeted on Wednesday, “Real-time posting of someone else’s location violates [Twitter’s] doxxing policy, but delayed posting of locations are OK.”

Twitter’s Private and Information and Media Policy was updated on Wednesday to include the following: “If your account is dedicated to sharing someone’s live location, your account will be automatically suspended.” In addition, the page outlining the policy now says that content prohibited on the service includes “live location information, including information shared on Twitter directly or links to 3rd-party URL(s) of travel routes, actual physical location, or other identifying information that would reveal a person’s location, regardless if this information is publicly available.”

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