Mere weeks after doxxing the personal information including the email addresses of former Twitter chief Jack Dorsey, Congressman Ro Khanna, and a number of Twitter executives as part of his release of the unredacted "Twitter Files," Elon Musk Thursday suspended the accounts of high-profile journalists, as well as a user publishing publicly available data about the flight paths of his personal jet, ostensibly, because it was doxxing his personal information.
Aside from highlighting the hypocrisy of Twitter's new owner -- a self-proclaimed "free speech absolutist" -- the episode underscores just how capricious the platform's decision-making has become under his ownership.
For example, @elonmusk used a marginal Twitter poll result to rationalize his decision to un-suspend @realDonaldTrump's account, invoking "Vox Populi, Vox Dei" as his justification.
And while he still has not reinstated the accounts of journalists he asserts doxxed his public flight information following a similar poll -- which so far shows a decisive majority voting Twitter do so immediately -- the moves reveal what "free speech" actually means when the richest man in the world privately owns a social-media network: "I bought the platform, so I'm free to decide who speaks on it."
Remember, this is the same #elonmusk who groused that advertisers exercising their free commercial speech by pausing ad buys on Twitter were somehow also threatening Musk's version of "free speech."
Speaking of commercial free speech, Musk also suspended @joinmastodon, the microblogging platform that ex-Twitter users are flocking to.