After Twitter suspended an account that had provided publicly available flight details for Elon Musk’s private jet, the social media platform’s new owner and CEO suggested the page put him and his family at risk.
in one Three tweet thread, Musk said that any account providing “real-time” location information of an individual would be suspended because “it constitutes a breach of physical security.” The billionaire also claimed a “crazy stalker” followed Tuesday night and climbed onto the hood of a car Musk’s son was in.
Musk vowed to take legal action against the college student who ran @ElonJet’s flight tracking account and against all “organizations supporting harm to my family.”
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department said no police report had been filed on the incident, which sparked Musk’s concern.
“The LAPD’s Threat Management Unit is aware of the situation and Elon Musk’s tweet and is in contact with his representatives and security team,” the department said in a statement. “No crime reports have been filed yet.”
The police statement comes as Twitter and Musk face increasing scrutiny over a spate of suspensions, including several journalists covering Musk.
Those whose accounts were suspended Thursday night include The New York Times’ Ryan Mac, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, Mashable’s Matt Binder, The Washington Post’s Drew Harwell, political pundit Keith Olbermann and Steve Herman of the federally funded Voice of America.
Harwell’s last post before the suspension was about Twitter removing the account of one of his competitors, Mastodon, for posting a link to his own version of the @ElonJet account that tracked Musk’s plane. according to a tweet by NBC News reporter Ben Collins.
O’Sullivan and Binder’s accounts were suspended after they shared the LAPD’s statement.
Musk, a self-proclaimed free speech absolutist, promised sweeping changes to the social media platform once he finalized his control of the company, though he last month he tweeted that his “commitment to freedom of expression extends even to not locking the account after my plane, even though it poses a direct personal security risk.”
This was announced on Wednesday by Twitter a policy update which prohibits the sharing of “live location information, including information shared directly on Twitter or links to third-party itinerary URLs”.
“We make no exceptions to this policy for journalists or other accounts,” Ella Irwin, Twitter’s head of trust and safety, told Verge via email.
On Thursday evening, Musk posted several tweets responding to journalists’ account suspensions.
“Criticizing myself all day is perfectly fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family isn’t.” a tweet read.
Musk also briefly joined a Twitter Spaces audio chat room where several of the banned journalists discussed the news.
“They show the link to real-time information, prohibit circumvention,” Musk said. “You Dox, you’re going to be suspended, end of story, that’s it.”
Banned Washington Post tech reporter Harwell, who was also in the chat room, responded, “This is reporting … public data has reporting value.”