Twitter suspended a number of prominent journalists on the platform without warning or explanation on Thursday evening.
The incident occurred following the company’s decision to suspend Mastodon’s Twitter account, an open source social media alternative that has gained traction since Elon Musk took over at the company. Twitter took action against Mastodon after the account linked to the Mastodon page of @ElonJet, a student-created bot that tracks Musk’s private jet’s location. At least some of the suspended accounts had posted screenshots and comments about Mastodon’s suspension. Drew Harwell, a Washington Post reporter, tweeted about Mastodon being kicked off the platform shortly before his suspension.