Accountable Tech Statement on Twitter’s Suspension of Reporters’ Accounts
Reporters covering Elon Musk, including Donie O’Sullivan of CNN and Ryan Mac of the New York Times, had their accounts suspended Thursday evening.
Accountable Tech Co-Founder and Executive Director Nicole Gill released the following statement Thursday:
“Tonight, companies that have continued to advertise on Twitter face a choice: Do you want to be complicit in the real-time censorship of free press in America? In the last week under Musk’s reign, Twitter has disbanded its Trust and Safety Council, announced a plan to force users into sharing personal data in perpetuity to fuel its surveillance advertising business, and is now suspending reporters in apparent retribution for fact-based journalism. Any company still spending money on Twitter should immediately pull their ad dollars. If they don’t, their brands and our information ecosystem will pay a dire price.”