Twitter criticizes Elon Musk for posting his whereabouts at the World Cup
Twitter users are dragging Elon Musk for publicly revealing his whereabouts while attending the 2022 FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium on Sunday.
The Twitter CEO was spotted just days after temporarily suspending the accounts of several major media journalists, including CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times.
According to Musk, the journalists “doxxed” him, violating one of the company’s new rules on disclosing people’s locations
He claimed that journalists disclosed his real-time location when reporting on Twitter’s suspension of the @ElonJet Twitter account, which shared publicly available data on the location of this private jet.
Elon then began lifting some journalists’ suspensions on Twitter to conduct a survey asking if he should “unban accounts that have doxxed my exact location in real-time.”
While attending the game on Sunday morning with Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and former US Presidential adviser, Elon tweeted“At the World Cup right now.” From the stands, the Twitter owner shared a video clip of the moment before kick-off, giving his followers a glimpse of the big pyrotechnic show.
Jared Kushner (left) and Elon Musk (centre) watch the final match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar on Sunday.
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It wasn’t long before several Twitter users poked fun at Musk’s post, mocking him for “self-doxing.”
“Suspend yourself for doping your live location, this post is a security threat to you,” said one user commented.
Other wrote“Lock account for doxxing, no special treatment.”
“Don’t be afraid of assassins,” said one user joked.
Some other users stepped in to defend the entrepreneur’s decision to share his location.
“To those pointing out how Elon doxxed himself…you can’t doxx yourself. Sharing your own location is freely selectable. Sharing with someone else is doxxing”, a person commented.
On Tuesday, Musk came under renewed fire on Twitter after Tesla issued a “holiday update‘ for its electric cars, which includes integration with the Steam marketplace.
The update allows Tesla drivers to play Steam games in the comfort of their cars, which sparked alarm on Twitter over the terrifying idea of allowing drivers to play video games while operating a vehicle.