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Twitter suspended the accounts of several journalists who mentioned the suspension by the microblogging platform of an account making it public the journeys of Elon Musk on Thursday. The billionaire, a new owner of the social network, justified the decision by affirming that the rules prohibiting the disclosure of personal data applied to everyone, including journalists.

of Washington Post journalists, New York Times or CNN saw, Thursday, December 16, their accounts suspended by Twitter . These journalists, who covered the social network as well as its new owner Elon Musk, had tweeted on the decision made Wednesday by Twitter to suspend an account which made public the journeys of the private jet of Elon Musk .

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The new boss of Twitter, which presents itself as a cantor of freedom of expression, defended the decision in a tweet: "The rules relating to doxxing (disclosure of personal information on the Internet, editor's note) apply as much to 'Journalists' only to others. " The microblogging platform prohibits public information on the net public.

Twitter had suspended the @elonjet account on Wednesday, which followed the movements of the private jet of Elon Musk in real time.

"Impulsive and unjustified suspension"

"The impulsive and unjustified suspension of a certain number of reporters like that (from the journalist) of CNN Donie O'Sullivan is disturbing but not surprising", reacted CNN in a press release.

"The instability and growing volatility of Twitter is particularly worrying for anyone using the platform. We have asked for an explanation from Twitter, and we will reassess our relationship according to this answer," adds CNN.

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"Criticizing me all day long is not a problem", tweeted Elon Musk Thursday. "Unveiling my trips in real time and putting my family in danger is one."

Elon Musk had tweeted on Wednesday that the car that transported her child had been followed in Los Angeles by a "crazy harasser". The boss of Twitter, pointing to the account @elonjet, who followed the location of his private jet, announced that he was going to sue the person behind this account.

created by a student and followed by around 500,000 people, @elonjet used public data to indicate, automatically, when and where the Elon Musk device took off and landed.

Twitter had subsequently communicated to announce that its regulation now prohibited most of the tweets indicating someone's position in real time. "Posting someone's geographic position in real time violates the 'Doxing' regulations, but putting it online in deferred is authorized," Tweeted on Wednesday, Elon Musk.

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 Twitter suspends several accounts of journalists December 16 (Reuters) - Twitter suspended the accounts of several journalists who recently wrote on Elon Musk on Thursday, the billionaire indicating that the rules prohibiting the disclosure of personal data applied to all, y understood to journalists.

contradictory messages

Upon his arrival at the head of Twitter, Elon Musk had promised not to touch the @elonjet account. But since his acquisition of the platform for $ 44 billion, the billionaire has sent contradictory messages on what is authorized or not.

Fervent defender of a great freedom of expression - as long as the words respect the law - he has restored accounts previously banished 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 to return to the platform of the far -right conspirator, Alex Jones.

"Dangerous previous"

After the suspension of journalists' accounts, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs demonstrated its concern for freedom of the press on Friday. "Press freedom should not be activated and deactivated at convenience," wrote the ministry on its Twitter account. "For this reason, we have a problem with Twitter," added German diplomacy.

The United Nations vigorously denounced Friday the suspension by the owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, of several accounts of American journalists, judging that this decision created a "dangerous previous".

"We are very disrupted by the arbitrary suspension of journalists from Twitter. The voices of the media must not be placed in silence on a platform which professes that it is a space of freedom (...) The decision created A dangerous precedent at a time when journalists all over the world are faced with censorship, physical threats and even worse, "Tonnée Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

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