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Elon Musk suspends Twitter accounts of overly critical journalists, EU issues warning

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Twitter on Thursday, December 15, suspended the accounts of several journalists who covered the social network and its new owner Elon Musk. Some of the reporters had tweeted about Twitter’s decision on Wednesday to suspend the account that automatically relayed routes from Elon Musk’s private jet.

Among the suspended journalists are media employees such as CNN, the “New York Times” or the “Washington Post”, others being independent journalists.

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“The impulsive and unwarranted suspension of a number of reporters like CNN’s (reporter) Donie O’Sullivan is disturbing but not surprising”reacted in a press release the American chain.

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“Twitter’s growing instability and volatility is of particular concern to anyone using the platform. We’ve asked Twitter for an explanation, and we’ll reassess our relationship based on that response.”adds CNN.

A Twitter account for social network competitor Mastodon has also been suspended, according to NBC News.

The European Union “worried” about the management of Twitter

The Vice-President of the European Commission, Vera Jourova, also judged this Friday, December 16 “disturbing” Twitter’s suspension of journalists’ accounts and warned the boss of the social network, Elon Musk, that there would be ” soon “ of the “penalties” applicable under the new European legislation.

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She recalled that the Digital Services Act – which should apply to tech giants next summer – “demands respect for media freedom and fundamental rights”. “Elon Musk should be aware of this. There are red lines. And sanctions, soon”did she say.

She also said that the Media Freedom Act, a draft regulation currently under discussion intended to protect press freedom and media pluralism, would strengthen European legislation.

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The Digital Services Act (DSA), a historic regulation that came into force in November, imposes a long list of rules on platforms, in particular in terms of the fight against disinformation, against hate speech, the use of sensitive data, as well as transparency obligations.

Very large online platforms (more than 45 million users in the EU), such as Twitter, will have to apply this legislation “around summer 2023”. These major players will be placed directly under the supervision of the European Commission, which can impose fines of up to 6% of their worldwide turnover, or even a ban on operating in the EU in the event of serious infringements. repeated.

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Musk claims to be a victim of harassment

Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday that a car in Los Angeles with his child in it was followed by “a crazy stalker”, and seemed to point to the tracking of his private jet as the reason. He announced in this tweet that he was going to sue the person behind the now suspended @ElonJet account.

Created by a student and followed by around 500,000 people, @ElonJet used public data to automatically indicate when and where the Spacex and Tesla boss’s aircraft took off and landed.

Twitter later communicated that its policy now banned most tweets that showed someone’s location in real time.

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“Posting someone’s location in real time violates the doxing policy, but posting it offline is allowed”, had tweeted, Wednesday, Elon Musk. The term “doxing” means disclosing publicly, most often on the Internet, personal information relating to an individual, without their consent.

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When he arrived at the head of Twitter, Elon Musk had promised not to touch the @ElonJet account. Since taking over the platform for $44 billion, the billionaire has sent mixed messages about what is and isn’t allowed on it.

Fervent defender of a great freedom of expression – as long as the remarks respect the law – he restored accounts previously banned by the social network, including that of Donald Trump. But he also suspended that of Kanye West after the publication of several messages deemed anti-Semitic and refused the return to the platform of the far-right conspirator, Alex Jones.

At the end of November, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, had already warned Elon Musk that he should “significantly increase efforts” to comply with EU rules, after the social network announced the mass reinstatement of banned accounts and the end of the fight against disinformation on Covid.

Thierry Breton then recalled that the boss of Twitter had undertaken in May to comply with the new European legislation.

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