Twitter removes warning flag on JTN ballot harvesting story, after direct appeal to Musk

JTN's John Solomon made the post Thursday that included a link to his interview with the whistleblower.

Updated: October 31, 2022 - 8:59am

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Twitter has removed its warning label on a post from the account of Just the News editor-in-chief John Solomon about his story on a whistleblower alleging ballot harvesting in Florida, following Solomon's direct appeal to the platform's new owner, Elon Musk. 

Solomon made the post Thursday that included a link to his interview with the whistleblower. The label was put on the post Friday, and as of Monday morning, it was no longer there.

Though Solomon appeared to be the first to appeal to Musk, the new Twitter owner responded directly Sunday to a post on the matter by Tom Fitton, president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. 

"I will look into this. Twitter should be even-handed, favoring neither side," Musk tweeted early Sunday morning in response to Fitton, who posted a related Just the News story on the matter, titled "Election 'misinformation' policing returns as Twitter flags JTN ballot harvesting report."

Solomon said in response that he was "grateful" that Musk, whose first full day as owner of Twitter was Friday, was reviewing the matter.

The flagged post was related to an on-the-record story co-bylined by Solomon and published Wednesday detailing the Democrat whistleblower's complaint about an alleged long-running and widespread ballot-harvesting operation in Florida.

"All Just the News wrote was a straight story, quoting Florida officials announcing that they were investigating ballot harvesting allegations in the Orlando area," Solomon said.

"There is no reason that this content should've been flagged as potentially harmful, and I am confident that Twitter's new owner will conclude so. A special thanks to Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton for getting Elon Musk's attention on this."