Twitter suspends, then reinstates account tracking Elon Musk’s private jet routes
An account that automatically reported the routes of Elon Musk’s private jet was suspended by the platform on Wednesday, despite the entrepreneur’s promise not to touch it, demonstrating his shifty geometry approach to moderation.
The account was finally restored in the US on Wednesday, with the owner tweeting: “I’m back!” “My commitment to free speech includes not banning an account that follows my plane, even if it poses a direct threat to my personal safety.” Elon Musk wrote on Twitter in early November, a few days after buying the platform for $44 billion.
@ElonJet grounded, then recovered
“Account Suspended” was simply posted on the account in question, @ElonJet, before being re-authorized a few hours later. Created by a student and followed by nearly 500,000 people, @ElonJet used public data to automatically show when and where the Spacex and Tesla boss’s plane took off and landed.
In a message still visible at the top of the account, its author noted that it was him “all rights to transmit information” on the jet as long as the data is open and there is an obligation to equip all aircraft with a transponder designed to help identify them by radar.
“Twitter’s policy states that information found on other sites may be shared here.”set the message. “Broadcasting someone’s location in real time violates the +doxing+ policy, but posting it offline is allowed”Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday that the term ” doxing means the disclosure of personal information of an individual to the public without their consent.
Student Jack Sweeney’s personal account became unavailable around 00:20 GMT on Thursday. Since taking over the platform, the multibillionaire has sent mixed messages about what is and isn’t allowed. An ardent defender of freedom of expression — as long as records respect the law — he reinstated accounts previously banned by the social network, including Donald Trump’s.
A series of several “Twitter files”.
But he also suspended Kanye West’s message after several posts deemed anti-Semitic and refused to return to the platform of far-right assassin Alex Jones. Elon Musk has also in recent days encouraged the release of a series of “Twitter files,” internal documents that are supposed to reveal questionable moderation practices under the previous administration.
According to US media, he also attacked former Twitter security chief Yoel Roth, who later had to leave his home for security reasons. Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and former boss of the platform, publicly defended his former colleagues on Tuesday, saying that there were attacks against them. “can be dangerous and doesn’t solve anything”.
He also defended this idea “Only the original author of the content should be able to remove it” and this moderation should not be done through a “centralized system” but implemented by algorithms developed by the general public.