On Musk's first day, Twitter flags Just the News on-record story on election ballots as 'unsafe'

Editor John Solomon asks new owner to intervene: "Mr. Musk, tear down this wall of censorship."

Updated: October 28, 2022 - 11:14am

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On the day Elon Musk took over Twitter, the social media platform flagged a post by Just the News Editor-in-Chief John Solomon aboutt Florida Gov. GOP Ron DeSantis' administration asking for a police probe into a Democrat politician's whistleblower complaint about voting irregularities.

Solomon argues Twitter action Thursday night unfairly flagged the post – with the note "Warning: this link may be unsafe" – and is asking Musk, who has vowed to stop the platform from unjustly censuring content, to intervene.

"If you think it’s wrong for@Twitter to censor an accurate, on-the-record story with fair comment let @elonmusk know," Solomon wrote Friday in a series of tweets. "This action not only harms Just the News, it also silences a prominent voice in the African-American community in Florida."

The JTN story Thursday states DeSantis' new election crimes unit has recommended state police open a full criminal investigation into a Democrat whistleblower's detailed complaint of a long-running, widespread ballot harvesting operation in the African-American communities in politically important central Florida.

Former Orange County Commissioner candidate Cynthia Harris filed a sworn affidavit in late August with the Florida's Secretary of State's office alleging that illegal operations to collect third-party ballots have been going on for years in the Orlando area where voting activists are paid $10 for each ballot they collect.

Solomon on Friday also tweeted: "Hey @elonmusk know it’s first day on job but @Twitter marks this story unsafe. It’s an announcement by Florida officials that they have recommended a criminal investigation into possible ballot harvesting. Not a great start to new era of free speech. Help please?"

The pleas to the new Twitter boss were shared widely by prominent voices, including New York Post journalist Miranda Devine, whose reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop was previously censored by Twitter two years ago, and radio show host and former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka.

"Well?" Gorka tweeted, pleading with Musk for an answer. 

In a statement, Solomon said: "I know it’s only Elon Musk’s first day on the job. I’m sure there are lots of things he must address inside the company. But there would be no more powerful statement than for him to reverse this action.

"Mr. Musk, tear down this wall of censorship. Reporters must be allowed to report accurate stories about state officials making announcements without fear of their content, being labeled unsafe," he added.