- The Washington Times - Friday, December 16, 2022

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the latest lawmaker to criticize Twitter CEO Elon Musk‘s attempts to suspend several mainstream journalists for covering stories about him.

The New York Democrat and liberal firebrand referred to Mr. Musk‘s move as “an abuse of power” after he banned journalists from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

“You’re a public figure. An extremely controversial and powerful one. I get feeling unsafe, but descending into abuse of power + erratically banning journalists only increases the intensity around you,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Take a beat and lay off the proto-fascism. Maybe try putting down your phone.”

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s comments follow Mr. Musk‘s decision to suspend the accounts of reporters who wrote about his dispute with the creator of the @elonjet account.

Mr. Musk justified his actions by asserting that the reporters violated Twitter’s new policy not to share real-time location information, calling it a form of doxxing that results in a seven-day ban.

“They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in [obvious] direct violation of Twitter terms of service,” Mr. Musk said.

Among the journalists banned from the site included Donie O’Sullivan of CNN, Drew Harwell of the Post, Ryan Mac of the Times and Aaron Rupar, an independent journalist.

Other Democrats also weighed in on the debacle, accusing Mr. Musk of violating the First Amendment.

Rep. Dean Phillips, Minnesota Democrat, criticized Mr. Musk‘s emphasis on free speech over his decision to suspend the accounts.

“Banning journalists is antithetical to free speech and a tactic of the most disturbed, deranged and destructive men in human history,” Mr. Phillips said.

• Mica Soellner can be reached at msoellner@washingtontimes.com.

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