Journalist STILL suspended from Twitter claims Musk is trying to silence reports of his OWN doxxing
The only journalist remaining suspended from Twitter claims that while CEO Elon Musk argues that all banned journalists doxxed him, he did the same to one of their sources.
Musk on Friday night rehired nine journalists he suspended from Twitter the previous day — 24 hours after he made a cameo appearance in a discussion to debate his decision and then abruptly left the forum when he was told by reporters was challenged after claiming: “You don’t get suspended. End of the story.’
Linette Lopez, a Business Insider reporter who was suspended after many other journalists, is staying away from the site with no explanation from Twitter.
On Friday, Lopez told MSNBC that Musk was a hypocrite after he did the same to her following critical coverage of Tesla: “Elon is guilty of all the things that he’s angry at the liberal media for and he’s never been different from that.” .We just all see it.”
Linette Lopez, a Business Insider reporter who was suspended after many other journalists, is staying away from the site with no explanation
Lopez claims that Twitter CEO Elon Musk argues that all the banned journalists doxxed him, but he did the same thing to one of their sources in 2019
Lopez published a series of articles between 2018 and 2021 highlighting what she called dangerous manufacturing flaws at Tesla.
She said they were connected to a lawsuit in 2019 alleging Musk sued, doxxed, and outed her source.
Lopez said of “free speech absolutist” Musk, “The reason I felt suspended was because Elon didn’t want them to see him as a hypocrite.”
She also accuses Musk of “always” doping people to silence critics of his treatment of employees.
The reporter also claims Musk molested her and accused her of taking bribes to pay sources.
Shortly before her suspension, she said she posted court-related documents on Twitter that included a 2018 email address from Musk. That address isn’t current, Lopez said, because “he changes his email every few weeks.”
On Tuesday, she posted a story about Tesla issues from 2019 and commented, “Now as then, most of the wounds are self-inflicted by @elonmusk.”
Other articles she referenced included how Tesla investors disliked Musk’s Twitter purchase; Musk’s relationship with the Chinese Communist Party; and the mistreatment of Tesla workers during the pandemic.
On the same day, she cited reports that Musk was waiving severance payments to fired Twitter employees, threatening workers who spoke to the media, and refusing to pay rent. Lopez described his actions as “classic Elon going-for-broke behavior.”
DailyMail.com has reached out to Lopez for comment.
The Twitter accounts of several journalists who were suspended after Elon Musk accused them of endangering his family were restored on Saturday, but some said the billionaire owner is only offering full use of the platform if they post about tracking his location deleted.
Lopez published a series of articles between 2018 and 2021 highlighting what she called dangerous manufacturing flaws at Tesla
Lopez said of “free speech absolutist” Musk, “The reason I felt like I was suspended is because Elon didn’t want them to see him as a hypocrite.”
Musk had drawn anger and warnings from the European Union and the United Nations after banning the accounts of more than half a dozen prominent journalists from the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post and other outlets.
“People have spoken. Accounts that doxxed my location will now be unsuspended,” the Twitter owner tweeted late Friday.
Doxxing generally means posting private information on the internet to harass or embarrass someone.
Musk conducted a Twitter poll asking if he should restore the suspended accounts now or in a week. Almost 59 percent of the 3.69 million participants said he should restore the accounts now.
Some of the suspended accounts have been reactivated, with former Vox journalist Aaron Rupar, Mashable reporter Matt Binder and freelancer Tony Webster tweeting again on Saturday.
Journalists Keith Olberman (left) and Aaron Rupar (right) were among the dozens suspended from Twitter on Thursday
Later on MSNBC, Rupar warned that Twitter’s action, while temporary, would have a “chilling effect on coverage of Elon Musk” and make reporters think twice about meeting the company’s new owner in conflict would arise.
CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, who has reported extensively on Musk, said that Twitter put a condition on him being allowed to tweet again while his suspended account became visible on Saturday.
He said Twitter demanded that he remove a post it said violated its rules against posting private information.
“Right now, I’m not allowed to tweet on the platform unless I agree to take down this tweet at the behest of the billionaire,” O’Sullivan told CNN.
The latest controversy began on Wednesday when Musk suspended @elonjet, an account that tracked flights on his private plane.
Tony Webster (left), an independent journalist, was banned from Twitter on Thursday, as was Matt Binder (right), a reporter for Mashable
Michah Lee (left), a technology reporter at The Intercept, and Steve Herman (right), a national correspondent for VOA, were banned from Twitter Thursday
Musk said the move was necessary after a car carrying one of his children in Los Angeles was pursued by “a maniac stalker”; he appeared to blame the jet’s pursuit for the incident.
Some of the suspended journalists had covered the affair, including tweets linking to the suspended @elonjet account, which Musk said amounted to offering “assassination coordinates” against him and his family.
In a chat hosted live on Twitter, Musk offered no evidence to support his claim, but told suspended reporters that on Twitter, “everyone is treated the same… you’re not special because you’re a journalist.”
Pressed further on his allegations, Musk ended the call. Twitter Spaces, the feature where the chat was taking place, was subsequently suspended. The live audio service was back on Friday, and Musk said the platform fixed a bug.
As of Saturday, Musk’s aircraft tracking account remained suspended.
Twitter has stumbled from one controversy to the next since Musk took control after paying $44 billion for the company
Musk’s deactivations have drawn harsh criticism from media organizations, the EU and the United Nations.
UN chief justice Volker Turk welcomed Musk’s decision to reinstate the accounts, “but serious concerns remain,” he tweeted.
He also called on Musk to “commit to making decisions based on publicly available guidelines that respect rights, including freedom of speech.” Not less.’
Earlier, spokesman for UN chief Antonio Guterres called the suspensions a “dangerous precedent at a time when journalists around the world face censorship, physical threats and worse.”
The EU had warned that Twitter could be fined by European laws.
“News about the arbitrary suspension of journalists on Twitter is worrying,” tweeted European Commissioner Vera Jourova after the move.
Twitter has stumbled from one controversy to the next since Musk took control of the company in October.
The billionaire’s talk of free speech, coupled with the instability surrounding the company, has turned off major advertisers and drawn the attention of regulators.
Musk has restored former US President Donald Trump’s account and fiercely campaigned against outgoing key US adviser on Covid-19, Anthony Fauci, who is a frequent target of irritation in right-wing media.
CNN has reported that Twitter’s former head of trust and safety has fled his home after unprovoked attacks on Twitter content moderation backed by Musk.
Meanwhile, a Musk-initiated purge at Twitter has put more than half of its 7,500 employees out of work.
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