Twitter could be suspended across Europe after Musk bans journalists on platform

Twitter could be fined or even suspended in Europe, following Elon Musk's recent temper tantrum.

The Twitter CEO has landed in hot water after allegedly banning a number of journalists on the platform last night.

Musk removed prominent tech journalists from the platform and falsely claimed they had shared his live location or, as he called it, 'assassination coordinates'.

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Officials at the EU have now hit back at bans, explaining that Musk could face consequences for clamping down on press freedom on the social media platform.

EU commissioner Vera Jourova said that the EU's Digital Services act means websites must respect 'media freedom'.

In a tweet, she wrote: "News about arbitrary suspension of journalists on Twitter is worrying. EU’s Digital Services Act requires respect of media freedom and fundamental rights. This is reinforced under our [Media Freedom Act].

"Elon Musk should be aware of that. There are red lines. And sanctions, soon."

The EU is currently working on a new Digital Services Act which would allow it to fine tech companies up to 6% of their global turnover or, in extreme cases, ask courts to suspend services when they are "endangering people's life and safety".

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The journalists whose accounts have been suspended by Musk had previously covered the work of Jack Sweeney, an American student who ran a number of automated Twitter feeds sharing publicly available flight tracking information on the private jets of Musk and other oligarchs.

Musk took issue with the accounts for some time, this week claiming that a 'crazy stalker' used live location sharing to track down a vehicle with his children in it in Los Angeles.

He has said he will take legal action against Jack Sweeney, along with 'other organisations who supported harm to my family'.

Musk added in a tweet: "Same doxxing rules apply to 'journalists' as to everyone else", referring to the sharing of private information about online users.


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