Elon Musk’s Twitter just banned Aaron Rupar, a well-known independent journalist who has been actively reporting American politics for years. Rupar wasn’t the only journalist who received criticism from Twitter. According to The Independent, Ryan Mac of The New York Times, Drew Harwell of The Washington Post, Donie O’Sullivan of CNN, Matt Binder of Mashable, Micah Lee and Tony Webster of The Intercept, and Keith Olbermann were all prohibited from using the microblogging platform.
Who Is Aaron Rupar?
Independent writer Aaron Rupar, 39, resides in Washington, District of Columbia, in the United States. The writer has held positions as an associate editor for politics and policy at VOX, an associate editor at the Center for American Progress, and even a brief assignment at Fox 9 back in 2014. He currently publishes a newsletter in addition to writing about American politics.
The journalist claims he lost his archives when his account was suspended. The journalist has hundreds of videos on Twitter about American politics. Aaron took to Substack to discuss his experience and what would have prompted Musk’s Twitter to take such dramatic action, despite the fact that Twitter has not provided an explanation for the reasons for such bans.
A Reporter Talks About The Suspension Of Twitter
For journalists and the media, Twitter has always been the primary interactive channel, thus the suspension of several journalists’ accounts at once almost seems unreal to them. Rupar asserts that he “had no idea” what regulations he disregarded to cause this.
I haven’t heard anything from Twitter at all, the Vox editor remarked on Substack. On Wednesday morning, I did out a newsletter that included a piece by Noah Berlatsky exposing Elon Musk’s regressive populism. I also sent out a tweet late last night pointing out that Musk appeared to have made a tweet yesterday that appeared to breach Twitter’s rule against publishing a video of someone without their permission. However, it’s difficult to see how either of those actions could have been against Twitter’s rules.
As the writer noted: “I have spent more than five years methodically chronicling significant developments in US politics on Twitter with video, so losing that archive instantly and for no apparent reason is a bummer. Losing the main basis for future subscribers is not pleasant. And losing a significant portion of my audience harms me as an independent journalist running a newsletter company that depends on Twitter for new subscribers.
Rupar continued by adding that he had tweeted about Elonjet and mentioned that it was still active on Facebook. Maybe that was the culprit, but I’m still unsure of what rule that might have broken, he wrote.
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What Elon Musk Said About The Ban
Musk responded to a tweet about the bans, saying: “Criticizing me all day long is entirely acceptable, but doing my real-time location and endangering my family is not,” despite the fact that Twitter may not have made it clear what went wrong.
He invited his Twitter followers to vote on whether he should “unsuspend accounts who doxxed my specific location in real-time” in another tweet.
Unsuspend accounts who doxxed my exact location in real-time
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
What We Know About Elonjet
For those who were unaware, Jack Sweeney, a college student, operated the Elonjet Twitter account. It disclosed details on Musk’s private plane’s whereabouts. After recounting an incident he and his two-year-old had in Los Angeles, the head of Twitter announced on Twitter that he would be suing Sweeney.
He tweeted, “Last night, a crazed stalker in LA followed a car transporting Lil X (thinking it was me), who later barred the car from moving & got over the hood.”Legal action is being initiated against Sweeney and the groups that encouraged violence to my family,” the statement reads. Currently, Sweeney’s Twitter account is still suspended.
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