The Twitter boss restored accounts that had been blocked for reporting his location
A phone screen displays the Twitter account of Elon Musk with a photo of him shown in the background. © Olivier DOULIERY / AFP
Elon Musk has unblocked the accounts of several journalists who had been suspended from Twitter for allegedly violating the platform’s “doxxing” policies.
The social media boss reinstated the accounts, which had been sharing data on the billionaire’s flights, following massive public backlash and an opinion poll he conducted on Twitter.
“The people have spoken. Accounts who doxxed my location will have their suspension lifted now,” Musk tweeted on Friday.
The Twitter CEO had earlier held a poll asking the platform’s users whether they wanted the journalists’ accounts to be reinstated ‘now’ or ‘in seven days.’ A total of 58.7% opted for the former option, with almost 3.7 million people taking part in the vote.
On Thursday, Twitter banned the accounts of several high-profile journalists, including the New York Times’ Ryan Mac, the Washington Post’s Drew Harwell and CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan.