Twitternow in the hands of Elon Muskdecided to suspend this Wednesday to the account Elon Jet, which tracked the movements of the businessman’s aircraft. This decision surprised both Internet users and the owner of the profile since, on November 7, Musk himself had explained that would not terminate the user As part of his initiative for the freedom of expression and despite the fact that the information published there resulted in a “direct risk to his personal security.”
“Well it looks like @ElonJet is suspended,” its creator wrote. Jack Sweeney on his personal account @JxckSweeney where, in turn, he announced that he would switch to the Mastodon platform, similar to that of the little bird, although without the 500,000 followers he had achieved there. “He says there is freedom of expression but he is doing the opposite”added in statements to the news agency PA.
From Twitter they reported that the decision was based on a non-compliance with community rulesso now you can only access to read the content of the timeline but not to send or forward messages.
A few hours later, the account had been re-enabled without further explanation. But just as quickly as the account reappeared, the user was disabled again.
The businessman explained in the afternoon that the measure was taken because the account does not comply with the doxing, which is based on intentionally and publicly revealing personal information about an individual or organization. “Real-time posting of someone else’s location violates the doxing policy, but delayed posting of locations is fine,” Musk explained.
However, a little less than two hours after that and still in the midst of the controversy unleashed, the young man behind the account celebrated that he had regained access to it.
Sweeney had appealed in the morning to the little bird’s help center to prove that he hadn’t broken the rules, just like other accounts still active that follow the movements of celebrity jets like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Russian oligarchs.
In any case, during his absent hours he continued his job of publishing the takeoff and landing of the jet on his Instagram and Facebook profiles, something that makes the work of the press much easier when they want to find him for a statement or photo. Hours ago, for example, he indicated on his Instagram account that Musk’s plane “flew from Los Angeles to Austin last night after my Twitter account was suspended.”
In 2021the young man had received a private message of the tycoon offering $5,000 for close the accountby the risk it posed to their safety. Given his negative response, Musk would have used a filter technique to hide his tweets and would have instructed his Trust and Safety team to delete account scopeas reported.
Musk, although he has not commented on the matter, in the past had criticized this filtering technique, known as “shadowbanning”, and had commented that the previous leaders of Twitter used it unfairly to suppress right-wing accounts. Therefore, when assuming, he mentioned that the new Twitter will continue to reduce the reach of negative messages or that incite hate, but that it will be more transparent about it.
Just this Tuesday, the co-founder and former head of Twitter, jack dorseyhad expressed his public defense of the employees of the technology company, whom Musk had criticized for a series of decisions related to the content moderationan issue that has been under scrutiny since the sale and purchase operation was finalized by 44,000 million dollars.
“I strongly believe that any content produced by someone for the Internet should be permanent until the original author chooses to remove it,” Dorsey wrote. “It must be always available and addressable. Content removals and suspensions should not be possible,” she added just a day before Twitter suspended the account.
However, not even Elon Musk himself can make up his mind on this issue since since he took over as head of the network he has been sending mixed messages about what is authorized and what is not on the platform.
For example, restored accounts that were suspended for issues related to non-compliance with the regulation, including that of the former US president Donald Trumpwho had been highly questioned for his controversial statements but obtained the support of the majority of Internet users who participated in the Musk survey to define his return to Twitter.
But, on the other hand, the businessman canceled the rapper’s account Kanye West -also known as Ye- after his posts with anti-Semitic messages, which caused him to lose the support of many brands and put him at the center of a cancellation campaign. He also rejected the return to Twitter of Alex Jonesfounder of far-right website InfoWarswho was ordered to pay $1.5 billion in compensation for claiming the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a “hoax”.
(With information from EFE, AFP and The Associated Press)