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Twitter suspends journalist accounts for doxxing “assassination coordinates”

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(850WFTL) — Reporters for the New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post are among those who were locked out of their Twitter accounts last night for doxxing.
A Twitter spokeswoman said that the ban was related to the live sharing of location data…or “Geo location data.” Twitter CEO Elon Musk has not commented directly on the suspensions, but said in a tweet that “criticizing me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not.”

Musk added that accounts engaged in doxxing, which refers to the release of private information about individuals online, receive a temporary seven-day suspension with no exceptions for journalists. This comes after Musk vowed to sue the owner of a profile that tracks his jet.

A spokesman for the New York Times called the suspensions “questionable and unfortunate”, and said neither the paper nor reporter Ryan Mac received any explanation for the action.

CNN said the “impulsive and unjustified suspension of a number of reporters… is concerning but not surprising”. It has asked Twitter for an explanation and will “re-evaluate our relationship based on that response”.
Musk then posted a poll on when Twitter-users think the banned journalists should be re-instated.