Leftist MSNBC host Chris Hayes had an absolute conniption over Twitter owner Elon Musk not tolerating journalists sharing his real-time flight location on the platform.
Hayes went on a rant against Musk’s changes to Twitter on the December 16 edition of All in with Chris Hayes. He spewed that Musk was a “power mad billionaire attempt[ing] to coerce and capture the American discourse.” He argued that Musk’s suspension of journalists that shared information “doxxing” him and his children was somehow authoritarian.
“You cannot trust anyone with absolute power, in any domain,” Hayes flailed. “No matter if it is the U.S. presidency, a social media enterprise, a cable news show, a condo board association, even a pillow company. Left unchecked, they will drive it into the ground."
It’s worth asking what Hayes thinks about censorship-obsessed CEOs like leftist Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Perhaps Hayes doesn’t have as much of a problem with them since all three have the correct left-wing politics.
“They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service,” he tweeted, after noting that the “same doxxing rules apply to ‘journalists’ as to everyone else.”
Hayes claimed that Musk’s real time location is public information, referring to the suspensions as the “Thursday night massacre.” It should be noted, however, that Musk appears to have a private aircraft address that cannot be tracked by the public.
Podcaster Tim Pool tweeted that “Jack Sweeney was not posting Public information[.] Sweeney was posting the private information of @elonmusk and he knew[.] Elon had a [Privacy ICAO Address] which seeks to protect the privacy of entities using private aircraft[.]” Specifically, PIAs “allows operators to use alternate, temporary ICAO aircraft addresses not attributable to an owner/operator in the publicly available Civil Aviation Registry,” according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Hayes then compared Musk to former President DonaldTrump, saying both men wish to rule like kings.
“People need checks,” Hayes said. “They need bureaucracy. They need institutions. They need pushbacks in all circumstances…and you certainly cannot trust power mad billionaires surrounded by ‘yes men’ and lackeys who think they see further, better than everyone.”
Musk later reinstated the accounts of the journalists who shared his flight location information after users in a poll voted that they should be reinstated immediately. That's hardly a "massacre."
Hayes has consistently attacked Musk’s attempts to restore free speech to Twitter. Last month, Hayes wrote a babbling essay in the New York Times claiming that “almost all of the worst fears have manifested”” since Musk bought the company.
“No one man should have all that power,” Hayes complained in the essay. “He has solicitously courted some of the worst trolls, sent advertisers fleeing in droves and cut the staff down so radically that simple functions like two-factor authentication have at times stopped working and there’s a risk it will simply break down and stop working altogether.”
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