Elon Musk attends a Halloween party in October. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images
Why it’s important: The suspensions raise questions about Musk’s commitment to free speech on Twitter, a value he holds directly connected to his takeover of the platform.
- Musk said in early November that his “commitment to free speech” included the account after his flight.
The last: Later Wednesday, Sweeney’s personal account, @JxckSweeneyappeared to be suspended.
- “All my Twitter accounts have been banned. Even my personal one is keeping in touch with me,” Sweeney wrote on Mastodon.
- He also posted a screenshot showing that he was suspended for violating “rules against platform manipulation and spam.”
Context: In a thread 10 Dec, Sweeney claimed his account had been restricted and restricted. Sweeney shared screenshots he said were from Twitter staff showing his account was heavily filtered.
- He said two days later that his account was no longer hidden or filtered.
Flashback: Muskwhich bought Twitter for $44 billion in October, said last month that he would let the jet-tracking account live “even if it is a direct personal security risk.”
Between the lines: Advertisers are paying close attention to how Musk’s Twitter moderates content and handles free speech issues.
Go deeper: A timeline of the Musk-Twitter deal so far
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new details throughout.