Elon Musk vows to review why Just the News story was censored

"Twitter should be even-handed, favoring neither side," Musk said.

Published: October 30, 2022 10:38am

Updated: October 30, 2022 3:36pm

Twitter owner Elon Musk on Sunday said he would "look into" why a story from Just the News about election ballots was marked as "unsafe" on the social media platform.

"I will look into this. Twitter should be even-handed, favoring neither side," Musk tweeted early Sunday morning in response to Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, who posted the Just the News article, "Election 'misinformation' policing returns as Twitter flags JTN ballot harvesting report."

"I am grateful that Elon Musk is reviewing this matter," Just the News Editor-in-Chief John Solomon said.

Shortly before Musk took over the social media outlet Thursday, Twitter flagged a tweet from Solomon about an on-the-record story detailing a Democrat whistleblower complaint that alleged a long-running, widespread ballot harvesting operation took place 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."

The article Musk responded to also noted how the new owner pledged to change Twitter's censorship policies after he took over last week, but Just the News' account appeared to still be throttled, or have decreased interaction compared to the number of account followers. 

When Musk took over Twitter, he fired top executives responsible for censorship on the platform.

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