The Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz has been suspended from Twitter by Elon Musk.
The suspension took effect on December 17, 2022. Lorenz tweets at @TaylorLorenz.
Their page said, “Account suspended. Twitter bans accounts violating the Twitter Rules.”
Lorenz recorded later a TikTok video saying she was permanently banned from Twitter but didn’t know why. She captioned it, “What happened to FREE SPEECH??!!!”
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“Super crazy,” explained Lorenz in the TikTok video
@taylorlorenz What happened to FREE SPEECH??!!! #elonmusk #twitter #Technology #technews #Musk #Technology #Journalist #News ♬ My Heart Will Go On (Titanic) – Maliheh Saeedi & Faraz Taali
In the TikTok videoLorenz said: “Hey guys, the rumors are true. I was permanently banned from Twitter. I was given no reason.”
She said she “only has three tweets on my account. Two of them promoted my other social media channels.”
She mentioned her Instagram page, Substack account and YouTube channel.
“I was suddenly signed out. I just had these two tweets and a tweet asking Elon for comment today and giving zero information,” she says in the TikTok video.
“Totally insane. Elon seems to ban anyone he doesn’t agree with and I certainly haven’t broken any terms that I know of.”
She said she was dating “my banned fellow user” Ryan Mac of The New York Times. Mac was one of Musk’s temporarily suspended journalists.
Earlier in the day, Musk lifted the suspensions against fellow journalists on Twitter, tweet, “People have spoken. Accounts that doxxed my location will now be unblocked.” He has not yet explained why he blocked Lorenz’s account. The suspension of journalists’ accounts has sparked a firestorm of debate.
Ezra Kaplan, Tech Producer for NBC News, tweeted, “Taylor Lorenz’s account was suspended after he tweeted @elonmusk asking for comment. Here’s what she has to say: “The abandonment culture has gone too far. I think the way Musk arbitrarily bans anyone he personally dislikes has dangerous implications for freedom of expression.’”
He also quoted her as saying, “As a journalist, I’ve always been a fierce defender of freedom of expression, so these moves by Musk are worrying.”
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People on Twitter started sharing screenshots of Lorenz’s blocked page
Lorenz has her share of critics on the right and as a result Memes and jokes flew on Twitter following her suspension.
However, others defended them.
December 15, 2022 Ariadna Jacob wrote on TwitterCopy Musk:
I’m not famous and I wasn’t a public figure when Taylor Lorenz asked for my address, said it was not for publication, and then called me in the NYT with the address she assured me was would not go to insult publish. The article was shared many times on Twitter. @elonmusk
Jacob is a TikTok agent who has sued The New York Times for claiming a story by Lorenz hurt her business. according to the New York Post. However, it is not clear whether their allegations played a role in Lorenz’s suspension.
Lorenz is a columnist covering “Technology & Online Culture”.
Lorenz is a technology reporter for the Washington Post. “Taylor Lorenz is a Washington Post columnist covering technology and online culture. Before joining The Post, she was a technology reporter for the business section of The New York Times. She was also previously a technology reporter at Atlantic and Daily Beast.” reads the post biography for her.
“She was a 2019 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research focused on Instagram and news consumption. She is also a former fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Lorenz is also a board member of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder.”
Lorenz recently criticized Musk for suspending other journalists
Lorenz had recently spoken out about Musk’s suspension of other journalists.
“The whole way trending topics work is definitely fundamentally broken. It’s just so rich to hear him [Musk] complain about doxxing and harassment,” Lorenz said at the Spaces meeting. “I mean, I get doped and harassed all the time on this app… That doesn’t mean everything needs to be more moderated, but I do think users deserve more control over their own experience.”
She continued, “It’s just weird because for example in the past few weeks people have been tweeting things like information about my family or all these things that have been used to address my family directly in the past. I reported it and the reports are going nowhere like the tweets are going nowhere.”
Lorenz continued, “The woman I contacted earlier when these things were happening on Twitter was fired from Twitter and I only hear that from a lot of people. So I feel like Elon has focused on its own experience, but it’s definitely become a less secure platform for the rest of us.”
video of their comments was shared by the Twitter page Libs from TikTok, which Lorenz famously accused of doxxing.
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