Elon Musk has reversed his Twitter ban on a group of journalists he claimed put his family’s safety at risk.
He reinstated their accounts after being warned he could face EU sanctions – after inquiries Twitter What should the user do.
Nearly 3.7 million people voted, with 58.7 percent saying he should reverse the ban immediately, not a week later.
“People have spoken up. Accounts that doxx my location will now be unbanned,” he tweeted.
Among the accounts frozen this week were journalists from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
musk Suggesting that they be banned from tweeting about @ElonJet, an account that tracked his private jet.
that account is also pause for violating Twitter’s new rules about revealing someone’s real-time location.
Twitter’s owner says he’s taking legal action against student who ran @ElonJet account as he claims ‘Crazy stalker’ attacked car carrying his son.
Musk said that people who shared his location were essentially providing “assassination coordinates.”
However, his ban on journalists sparked swift criticism and concerns about free speech.
EU officials Twitter’s owner could be sanctioned, warned of ‘red lines’.
The German foreign ministry tweeted: “The journalists below can no longer follow us, comment and criticize. We have a problem with this, @Twitter.”
A spokesman for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak did not directly criticize Musk, but said “social media platforms must strike a balance between protecting users and maintaining free speech regardless of who owns them”.
Musk’s brief tenure as Twitter owner has been turbulent, with major advertisers leaving the platform amid concerns about its future direction and controversy over mass firings from the company.
The billionaire insists he will improve Twitter, weed out fake accounts and improve free speech.