Accountable Tech Statement on Twitter’s Suspension of Reporters’ Accounts

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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.”