Elon Musk Bans Twitter Account of Taylor Lorenz of Washington Post

Washington Post tech columnist Taylor Lorenz said her Twitter account was suspended Saturday after she tweeted a request for comment on Elon Musk, the new owner of the social network she is working on.

Lorenz’s Twitter account (@TaylorLorenz), which she activated in 2010, had over 340,000 followers before it was suspended. “Earlier tonight, Elon Musk suspended my Twitter account,” she wrote on her Substack. “I have not received any communication from the company as to why I was suspended or what terms I violated.”

“Super crazy. Elon bans anyone who disagrees with him,” Lorenz said in a TikTok video shared on Saturday evening. Lorenz was tweeting from an alternate Twitter account, @nodreamsoflabor, before he too was banned was done.

Musk has not publicly commented on Lorenz’s Twitter suspension. There was no response to a request for comment Diversity Emailed to Twitter’s PR mailbox.

Twitter’s ban on Lorenz, who has reported regularly on Twitter and Musk, comes after the mega-billionaire suspended the Twitter accounts of several journalists on Thursday — following allegations that some (but not all) of them Posted the link to the account. Which tracked down their private jets – before restoring several of them on Friday night.

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Disabling Lorenz’s account without any apparent explanation, it appears that Musk, who has called himself a “free speech absolutist,” is now waging a campaign to keep information and critical comment from the platform he bought for $44 billion. Huh.

In the Substack post, Lorenz said that only three tweets were live on her Twitter account when it was banned: two promoting her profiles on TikTok and Instagram, and a third asking Musk to comment on a story involving Musk. Said he and Wapo collaborator Drew Harwell (whose account was banned and then unbanned) are working on it.

Lorenz did not provide details about what the story was about. His tweet on Musk said, “We’ve got some information we’d like to share and discuss with you.”

At least two journalists banned from Twitter this week and then lifted, Aaron Ruper and Tony Webster, denied they posted any information that could be construed as “doxing”. refers to the sharing of someone’s personal information online without their permission. “This is not the free speech we were promised,” Webster tweeted Friday night. “To be clear, there was no ‘doxing’ – even if an impulsive, accountable-for-nobody elite may have said so.”

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Twitter is required to remove tweets from some of the journalists it suspended for violating Musk’s brand-new policy prohibiting the sharing of real-time location information (“even if this information is publicly available”). be available from”). podcaster and political commentator Keith Olbermann on Saturday Posted from their Twitter dog-rescue account Regarding @keitholbermann’s suspension, “I got banned, then time-banned, then banned again, until I deleted a tweet, which you can’t see anyway … in the span of two hours. What a clown this @elonmusk snowflake is.”

Journalists whose Twitter accounts were suspended — and have not been reinstated — include Fox Business correspondent Susan Lee (@susanlitv), who said on Friday in a segment on the network that she was working on a plane-tracking site. Was booted from the social network after posting a link to it. To show how Musk’s private jet can be tracked using publicly available sources. Also banned from Twitter as of Saturday was Insider’s Lynette Lopez (@LopezLinett), who has reported on Musk and his companies for years. Lopez told the AP that shortly before her suspension, she posted legal documents on Twitter that included an email address for Musk from 2018, but which Lopez said was not current.

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On Friday, Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who currently chairs the House Intelligence Committee, criticized Musk’s ban on reporters. “Elon Musk calls himself the free speech autocrat to justify turning a blind eye to hate and bigotry on Twitter. But when journalists report adverse news, they are banned without warning,” Schiff said in a statement. wrote Tweet, “Devotion to free speech is clearly not absolute. But hypocrisy is.

Musk answered To Schiff, “Thankfully, you lose your presidency very soon. Your mind is too small.

On Instagram, Lorenz posted a photo of herself Saturday with New York Times reporter Ryan Mack, both holding their hands over their mouths.


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