Elon Musk has restored the Twitter accounts of several journalists who were suspended for a day due to the controversy surrounding the publication of information about his plane.

Their accounts were reinstated after the unprecedented suspensions drew sharp criticism from government officials, rights groups and journalism organizations from several parts of the world on Friday, with some saying the microblogging platform threatened media freedom.

A Twitter poll conducted by Musk later also found that a majority of respondents wanted the bills returned immediately.

“People have spoken up. Accounts that doxed my location will now be unsuspended,” Musk said in a tweet on Saturday, using a term that refers to the release of private information about someone, usually with malicious intent.

Officials from France, Germany, Britain and the European Union have previously condemned the suspensions.

The episode, dubbed the “Thursday Night Massacre” by one prominent security researcher, is seen by critics as fresh evidence that Musk, who considers himself a “free speech absolutist,” is eliminating speech and users he personally dislikes.

Shares in Tesla, the electric car maker led by Musk, fell 4.7 percent on Friday, posting their biggest weekly loss since March 2020, as investors grew worried about disruptions and a slowing global economy.

Roland Lescure, France’s industry minister, tweeted on Friday that he would suspend his own Twitter activity after Musk suspended the reporters.

Melissa Fleming, head of communications at the United Nations, tweeted that she was “deeply disturbed” by the suspensions and that “press freedom is not a toy.”

The German Foreign Ministry warned on Twitter that the ministry has a problem with moves that threaten media freedom.

The suspensions stemmed from a dispute over a Twitter account called ElonJet, which tracked Musk’s private jet using publicly available information.

On Wednesday, Twitter suspended the account and others that followed the private jets, despite Musk’s previous tweet saying it would not suspend ElonJet in the name of free speech.

Soon after, Twitter changed its privacy policy to prohibit the sharing of “live location information.”

Then on Thursday night, several journalists, including the New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post, were suspended from Twitter without notice.

In an email to Reuters overnight, Twitter’s director of security and restoring user trust, Ella Irwin, said the team had manually reviewed “all accounts” that violated the new privacy rules by posting direct links to the ElonJet account.

“I understand that the focus seems to be mainly on journalist accounts, but today we applied the policy to journalist and non-journalist accounts equally,” Irwin said in an email.

The Society for the Advancement of Business Editing and Writing said in a statement Friday that Twitter’s actions “violate the spirit of the First Amendment and the principle that social media platforms permit the unfiltered distribution of information that is already in the public domain.”

Musk accused reporters of publishing his real-time location, which is “essentially assassination coordinates” for his family.

The billionaire appeared briefly in a Twitter Spaces audio chat hosted by reporters, which quickly turned into a contentious debate over whether the suspended reporters had indeed revealed Musk’s real-time location in violation of the rules.

“If you dox, you will be suspended. End of story,” Musk repeated in response to questions.

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