June 3, 2023

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Elon Musk has blocked a Twitter account that caused him trouble

Elon Musk has blocked a Twitter account that caused him trouble

An account that automatically reports the routes of Elon Musk’s private jet was disabled by the platform on Wednesday, but the entrepreneur promised not to touch it, illustrating his variable geometry approach to moderation.

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“My commitment to freedom of expression will not be banned, even if it poses a direct risk to my personal safety,” Elon Musk wrote on Twitter a few days later in early November. Platform for 44 billion dollars.

The account in question, baptized @ElonJet on Wednesday, reads “Account Suspended”.

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

In a message posted at the top of the account, while it still appears, its author asserted that the data was public and that they had “all rights to broadcast information” on the jet and all aircraft, including the American President’s Air Force. 1, shall be liable to be fitted with a transponder, a device intended to assist in their detection by radar.

“Twitter’s policy states that data found on other sites may also be shared here,” the post read.

Student Jack Sweeney’s personal account is always available, and there he suggests how to find information about Elon Musk’s jet on other social networks.

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Since coming to the helm of the platform, the multi-billionaire has sent mixed messages about what he is and is not empowered to do.

A staunch defender of freedom of expression — as long as comments respect the law — he has reinstated accounts previously banned by the social network, including those of Donald Trump.

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But Kanye West was suspended after he published several messages he deemed anti-Semitic and refused to return to the platform of a convicted far-right conspirator for arguing that the school massacre was just a warning. The scene, Alex Jones, said he was “relentless” to those who exploit the deaths of children.

Elon Musk has in recent days promoted the publication of a series of “Twitter Files,” internal documents detailing questionable regulatory practices under the previous administration.

According to US media, he personally attacked Twitter’s former head of security, Yoel Roth, who later had to leave his home for security reasons.

The platform’s co-founder and former boss Jack Dorsey came to the defense of his former colleagues on Tuesday, saying in a message

Attacks on them are “dangerous and solve nothing”.

He also championed the idea that “only the original author of content can remove it” and that moderation should not be done by a “centralized system” but by algorithms designed by ordinary people.

The Florida teenager shared a link confirming that his data was backed up FacebookInstagram and Telegram.