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Elon Musk Lifts Ban on Journalists Who Doxxed Him

Patrick Pleul/Pool via AP, File

Elon Musk restored the Twitter accounts of some journalists who were originally suspended after he claimed they disseminated information about his location.

Initially, Musk gave the journalists a seven-day suspension. However, after major backlash from the public, he decided to put the decision in Twitter users' hands. 

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The reporters who were suspended were from liberal outlets such as the Washington Post, The New York Times, and CNN. 

Musk conducted a 24-hour poll on his account asking if the reporters should be reinstated "now" or in "seven days." 

In a 59% to 41% vote, almost 3.7 million Twitter users decided to put the journalists back on the social media platform "now." 

"The people have spoken. Accounts who doxxed my location will have their suspension lifted now," Musk tweeted on Friday night. 

Dubbed a "Thursday Night Massacre," CNN correspondent Donie O'Sullivan, New York Times technology reporter Ryan Mac and Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell were booted off the platform earlier this week, being told they were permanently off Twitter. 

The event began with the suspension of @ElonJet, an account that tracked Musk's private jet usage, in which the CEO claimed the account was shut down because of safety precautions since it was "doxxing real-time location info." 

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Musk then warned, "Any account doxxing real-time location info of anyone will be suspended, as it is a physical safety violation. This includes posting links to sites with real-time location info."

The reporters who were suspended had either reported on @ElonJet's suspension or had posted links to the private jet tracking on their own Twitter accounts. 

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