Taylor Lorenz, a Washington Post tech writer, is one of the most connected Silicon Valley reporters despite her sloppy and biased writing. She discovers, however, that her criticisms fall on deaf ears on the new Twitter.
Lorenz stated that she was “constantly doxed and tormented” on Twitter during a Twitter Spaces conversation that occurred after a number of left-leaning journalists were banned for breaking Twitter’s rules against exposing the real-time location of users. She stated that the doxing has persisted since Elon Musk took over the firm and that she has “reported it, and the reports go nowhere.”
Ironically, she is the woman who doxed the owner of the Libs of TikTok account without ever receiving any penalty. In addition, the so-called “Twitter Files” indicated that Twitter did not respond to the owner of Libs of TikTok when she complained about the doxing.
It almost seems as though Lorenz is grumbling about being treated the same as… everyone else.
So, let’s take a step back. Musk proclaimed new restrictions against doxing this week after an alleged attack on a vehicle carrying his child, including the use of publicly available data regarding private plane movements.
First, Twitter blocked the @ElonJet account, which compulsively followed Musk’s private jet’s flights in real time. Then, on Thursday, Twitter banned a number of journalists and commentators who had violated the location-tracking regulations, including CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, The New York Times’ Ryan Mac, The Washington Post’s Drew Harwell, and sports commentator Keith Olbermann.
“Same doxxing rules apply to ‘journalists’ as to everyone else,” Musk tweeted.
“Criticizing me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not,” he said in a subsequent tweet.
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In another ironic twist, this second tweet was a reaction to someone posting a post by Lorenz on rival social networking service Mastodon in which she stated, “my whole timeline is glitched out and people continue to report my tweets so I’m worried I’ll be banned soon too!”
She was not suspended, but she continued to voice her concerns throughout the Twitter Spaces debate after the journalists were removed. (Their accounts have been reinstated after then.)
“It’s just so rich to hear [Musk] complain about doxing and harassment,” Lorenz said. “I am doxed and harassed constantly on this app.”
“Definitely in the past few weeks, for instance, people tweeting out stuff like information about my family or all of the stuff that’s been used to target my family directly in the past — like, I’ve reported it, and the reports go nowhere. Like, the tweets go nowhere.”
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Then, Lorenz disclosed that her Twitter contact for “doxing” and “harassment” complaints – a unique position that other users do not have — had been terminated.
“The woman that I used to reach out to when this stuff happened at Twitter has been let go from Twitter,” she said. “And I just hear this from a lot of people.” CONTINUE READING…