Bonchie of RedState wrote a blog post on Thursday night regarding the suspension of journalist Aaron Rupar's Twitter account, with several other suspensions rolling out as the night progressed. The blocked accounts include those of the flamboyant critic of everything Keith Olbermann, New York Times technology reporter Ryan Mac, CNN reporter Donie O'Sullivan, and Mashable writer Matt Binder. Tony Webster, an independent journalist, also saw his account suspended Thursday evening, along with Intercept reporter Micah Lee.
Olbermann's character flaws caused him to lose his job at MSNBC. He's known for tweeting racist messages (then later taking them down) and calling anyone who disagrees with him a fascist—in general, being a grumpy, apparently unhinged flamethrower. It's impossible to access his most controversial tweets right now, as Olbermann is currently being held back for a period of time.
It could not have happened to a better man.
Twitter has yet to clarify the reasoning behind suspending these accounts; however, CEO Elon Musk has made it clear that any user “doxxing” other people or divulging their locations on Twitter will be ejected or banned since they put people in danger.
He has reason to be adamant about the issue. A person on Wednesday followed Musk's family. As RedState‘s Nick Arama reported, “The person blocked his family’s car, thinking Elon was in it, and climbed on the hood of the car. Musk’s toddler son was in the car.”
It was a most terrifying incident. Nick Arama also reported about Elon's “crazy stalker,” who was dressed as an Antifa supporter. However, Musk's staff were able to obtain images of the suspect as well as his license plate.
Twitter's decision to suspend the account of @ElonJet Wednesday generated a lot of discussion and perhaps contributed to the rash of Thursday night suspensions. The account gained fame by releasing information regarding the location of the mogul's private aircraft. The Verge provided the following explanation: “On Wednesday, Twitter suspended @ElonJet and @ElonJet’s creator and introduced a new policy against sharing live location information. That includes sharing ‘links to 3rd-party URL(s) of travel routes,’ and it appears Twitter counts a link to @ElonJet’s Mastodon account as a violation of the policy.”
Another suspension was imposed on an account associated with Mastodon, the Twitter wannabe social media platform, after the owner linked to the banned ElonJet account. Have you got it?
The left is sure to be ablaze over these suspensions, though they stood silently in the background and didn't seem to care, nor did they write lengthy opinion pieces or passionate tweets, as conservatives were being shadowbanned, suspended, and thrown off the site. They're already complaining: “A spokesman for the New York Times called the suspensions ‘questionable and unfortunate' in a statement Thursday night.”
Musk posted a tweet in response: “Criticizing me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not.”
The story is moving quickly, with new information becoming available soon.