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Twitter conveniently reveals a location sharing coverage amid Elonjet controversy

In November, for instance of his dedication to free speech, Elon Musk promised that he wouldn’t ban an account that tracked his private jet regardless of claiming it was a “direct private security threat.” In the present day, that account was suspended. Then restored. Then suspended once more. It’s not but clear what the long run holds for @ElonJet, however its destiny might be tied to a new set of rules from Twitter Security about the way it handles accounts sharing location data for different individuals.

Based on a series of tweets outlining the new policy, sharing the dwell location of one other individual is now prohibited except it’s associated to a “public engagement or occasion,” like a live performance or a political occasion. “When somebody shares a person’s dwell location on Twitter, there’s an elevated threat of bodily hurt,” the announcement reads. “Transferring ahead, we’ll take away Tweets that share this data, and accounts devoted to sharing another person’s dwell location shall be suspended.” The thread goes on to make clear that these guidelines solely apply to the placement of “another person.” You’ll be able to nonetheless Tweet your individual whereabouts.

Historic location data is allowed, nonetheless, as long as “an affordable time has elapsed, in order that the person is now not in danger for bodily hurt.” That a part of the coverage might depart room for an account like @Elonjet — and whereas the account was briefly restored this afternoon, on the time of this writing it’s as soon as once more suspended, as are the non-public accounts of Jack Sweeney, the school scholar who runs @Elonjet. Musk has additionally stated that “authorized motion” can be taken in opposition to Sweeney and “organizations who supported hurt to my household” following a current incident with a stalker and the billionaire’s son. 

UPDATE 12/14 5:08PM: Added a press release from Elon Musk that authorized motion can be taken in opposition to Sweeney.


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