Elon Musk lifted the suspension on all Twitter accounts that doxxed his exact location in real-time, Musk announced Friday evening on Twitter. “The people have spoken,” Musk posted. “Accounts who doxxed my location will have their suspension lifted now.
Musk made the decision after holding a 24-hour poll that asked followers to vote on whether suspended accounts should be reinstated “Now” or “In 7 days”. 3.6 million votes were cast when the poll closed, and 58.7% of votes cast answered “Now”.
Twitter abruptly suspended the accounts of several journalists after they were accused of allegedly doxxing Elon Musk.
“You dox, you get suspended. End of story. That’s it,” he said on a Twitter Space audio discussion late Thursday, referring to the act of disclosing someone’s personal details online.
Musk suspended journalists from The New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, and other outlets after suspending a Twitter account that tracked his private jet and put his family in grave danger over.
SO WHAT IS DOXXING?
Doxxing, sometimes written as doxing, is a shortened version of “dropping dox” or documents.
It’s typically a malicious practice that involves gathering private or identifying information and releasing it online without the person’s permission, usually in an attempt to harass, threaten, shame, or exact revenge.