Some people’s freedom (freedom of speech) ends where Elon Musk’s begins

Over the past 48 hours, Elon Musk has decided to attack the Twitter accounts that gave him trouble. A wave of expulsions followed.

Something is rotten in the kingdom of Twitter. Things are not going quite as Elon Musk had hoped since he took over the social network. After many departures and firings and the loss of several advertisers, the billionaire decides to apply his variable geometric view of free speech.

It all starts with a jet plane

During his takeover of Twitter, Elon Musk advocated freedom of speech on the platform, without any restriction, except for the law reminding him that certain words were objectionable. In this sense, the billionaire announced that the accounts that were banned before its acquisition would be eligible for a second chance. It’s pretty coherent, even if it even rehabilitates neo-Nazis…

Attention, ” new rule! On December 14, Elon Musk decided to ban the Twitter account @ElonJet following the movements of his private jet, under the pretense that he don’t follow twitter rules “. In the aftermath, Jack Sweeney, the account manager, suffered the same fate. The reason ? The real-time location of an individual represents, according to him, ” a breach of physical security“, while this data is publicly available. We’ll pass over the fact that he himself asked for information about a person from his 121.6 million subscribers, supporting license plate

The mastodon in a china shop

Elon Musk behaved like a frustrated child and went so far as to ban the publication of links to other platforms that offer tracking of his private jet. It is thus impossible to publish a link to the Instagram account Elon Musk’s Jet. The official account of Mastodon, a competing social network, also promoted the jet tracking account on its platform, which also resulted in its ban. Since then, it has become impossible to publish any Mastodon link on Twitter.

“Don’t worry, it’ll be alright…”

Several well-known journalists commented on the case, including Ryan Mac from New York Times Donie O’Sullivan by CNNDrew Harwell bywashington postMicha Lee byThe cutand Matt Binder, Aaron Rupar and Tony Webster ofMashable, was also banned from Twitter. The infernal spiral continues for Elon Musk and his ego.


Technical error? Accounts banned from the platform can still participate in a Twitter Spaces audio conference. Drew Harwell, Matt Binder and the ElonJet account thus created a discussion in which Elon Musk himself participated. Faced with a legitimate contradiction, he concluded his argument with “you doxed, you got suspended, end of storyand then left without further preamble.

Here is Elon’s full appearance in @katienotopoulos‘room with banned journalists tonight

— Brennan Murphy (@brenonade) 16 December 2022

Even stronger: Elon Musk made disable the Twitter Spaces feature, now unavailable. We imagine this is a temporary decision to completely prevent banned accounts from participating in these chat rooms, but no official communication has been made at this time.

Cry me a river

Streisand effect

commits, Elon Musk finds himself under the fire of strong criticism, which seems to amuse him in light of his tweetI love Barbara Streisand lol“. He therefore decided to conduct a survey on his Twitter account to ask when the accounts of those who “have done doxxing on [son] accurate location in real time“. But not everything went as he had hoped…

With more than 535,000 votes, it is “nowwho won. It is difficult to keep your society united by your side when you are in favor of absolute freedom of speech and want to censor journalists. Never mind, the billionaire has found an excuse not to follow”the voice of the people(remember, he relied on a poll to reinstate Donald Trump, citing the phrase “Vox Populi vox dei“): “Sorry, there were too many options“.

Another investigation is therefore underway at the time of writing these lines, with only two options:now” Where “in 7 days“.

Unsuspend accounts that doxxed my exact location in real time

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 16 December 2022

Bad luck for Elon Musk,”Now» rules at the moment.

The European Union gets involved

Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission, spoke publicly about this on Twitter :

The news of the arbitrary suspension of journalists on Twitter is disturbing. The EU law on digital services requires respect for media freedom and fundamental rights. This requirement is reinforced by our Media Freedom Act. Elon Musk must be aware of that. There are red lines. And sanctions soon.

So here is an exciting new chapter opening in the great saga of Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter…

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