Elon Musk confused many of his Twitter followers late Thursday when he shared a post expressing his “love” for singer Barbra Streisand.
Elon Musk officially took the stage in late October, facing a fierce backlash after Twitter banned the accounts of several journalists, despite the billionaire previously stating his dedication to free speech.
The accounts of CNN’s Donnie O’Sullivan, Drew Harwell of The Washington Post, Ryan Mack of The New York Times and freelance journalists Aaron Ruper and Keith Olbermann were permanently suspended Thursday night.
I love Barbara Streisand lol
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Elon Musk later suggested in a tweet that the accounts had violated the platform’s recently updated terms of service regarding “doxing” – revealing one’s personal details online, although it was unclear whether. For whom were the rules broken?
The suspension comes a day after Twitter banned the @ElonJet account, which remains online on Facebook and other platforms such as former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social, and publicly available data for sharing the location of Musk’s private jet. . uses it.
Amid the spirited debate generated by Twitter’s round of account suspensions, Musk misspelled superstar Streisand’s first name as he tweeted “I like Barbra Streisand lol.” Elon Musk’s post left many Twitter users scratching their heads, while others tried to explain what the entrepreneur was alluding to.
Using a feature where Twitter users can add context to a post, two contributors posted under Musk’s tweet pointed to comparisons of banned accounts on Twitter to the Streisand effect. Attempts to hide information result in greater risk.
As noted by social media posts on Elon Musk’s tweets, the Streisand Effect in PR describes how fighting a perceived negative article can amplify its message. Singer Streisand sued photographer Kenneth Edelman for including her clifftop home in Malibu in photos she took of the Southern California coast in 2003 as part of a photographic project.