Twitter on Thursday suspended the accounts of journalists covering the social media platform and its new owner, Elon Musk, including those who work for the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and other publications.
The company did not explain why it closed the accounts and let their profiles and past tweets disappear.
The journalist’s abrupt suspension comes after Musk decided on Wednesday to permanently ban an account that used publicly available data to automatically track his private jet flights.
Twitter also changed its rules on Wednesday to prohibit sharing someone’s current location without their consent.
Several of the journalists who were suspended Thursday night have been writing about the new policy and Musk’s rationale for implementing it, involving his allegations of a stalking incident in Los Angeles that affected his family on Tuesday night.
“Same doxxing rules apply to ‘reporters’ & everyone else,” Musk tweeted Thursday.
“Human flesh” refers to the disclosure of someone’s identity, address or other personal details online.
“The impulsive and unjustified suspension of some reporters, including CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, is concerning but not surprising,” CNN said in a statement.
“Twitter’s increasing instability and volatility should be of great concern to all who use Twitter,” the CNN statement added. “We have asked Twitter for an explanation, and we will act upon that response. Reevaluate our relationship.”