After Twitter owner Elon Musk banned several prominent American pundits and media representatives from the platform on Thursday, Musk gave an explanation of the reasons for the ban.

In a series of tweets, Musk claimed that the journalists had violated the platform’s policy, and this is CNN reporter Donnie O’Sullivan, New York Times reporter Ryan Mack, Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell, The Intercept. journalist Mika Lee, writer Matt Bender, MSNBC host Kate Olbermann. According to Musk, their violation is to transmit information about his real location.

Musk defended his decision to suspend journalists and said they would not take the stage for seven days.

Hours later, Musk polled his 121.6 million followers about whether journalists should be returned to the platform once his exact location was determined, and asked the question with options: “now, tomorrow, in seven days, or longer.”

Musk canceled the poll after 43% said accounts should be reinstated and a majority, 57%, said they should remain suspended. Musk explained that the journalists were suspended for revealing his “real whereabouts”, which puts himself and his family in danger.

“They have posted my exact real-time location, which is essentially the coordinates of the murder, in direct and clear violation of Twitter’s terms of service,” Musk tweeted Thursday night.

Musk added: “If anyone releases the whereabouts and addresses of New York Times reporters, the FBI will investigate, there will be hearings on Capitol Hill, and Biden will give speeches about the end of democracy!”

In another tweet, he said: “The same rules apply to journalists as to everyone else.” Musk continued, “Accounts participating in physical locations are temporarily suspended for 7 days.”

“Criticizing me all day is perfectly normal, but real-time tracking of my location and endangering my family is not.”

Late Thursday, Musk defended his actions during a Twitter conversation hosted by Buzzfeed journalist Kathy Notopoulos and was asked to respond to his decision to block a “group of journalists.”

Musk responded, “Yes, so I’m sure sharing someone’s location isn’t good for everyone, and I think not everyone in this conversation would want that to happen to them.”

He added: “In the future, there will be no discrimination between journalists, or what they call journalists, and ordinary people, and everyone will be treated equally.”

Musk repeated: “You are not special because you are a journalist, you are just a Twitter user and a citizen, so there will be no special treatment for you, you will be suspended … End of story.”

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Clayton Turner is a news reporter and copy editor for 24PalNews. Born and raised in Virginia, Clayton graduated from Virginia Tech’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and majored in journalism.

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