The EU has threatened Twitter owner Elon Musk with sanctions after several journalists who followed the company had their accounts suddenly suspended, the BBC reported on Friday.

The accounts of Times reporter Ryan Mac, Post reporter Drew Harwell, CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan and Mashable reporter Matt Binder were suspended.

The account of independent journalist Aaron Rupar, who follows American politics, has also been suspended.

EU Commissioner Vera Jourova said that the new EU Digital Services Act requires “respect for media freedom”.

The German Foreign Ministry told Twitter that “media freedom cannot be turned on and off remotely.”

Jourova believes that the news about the suspension of journalist profiles is “worrying”.

“The EU law on digital services requires respect for freedom of the media and fundamental rights. This is reinforced by our Law on Freedom of the Media,” said the Commissioner.

“Elon Musk should be aware of that. There are red lines, and soon sanctions,” he added.

Musk said the journalists violated Twitter’s rules against sharing a person’s current location, which apply to anyone, causing their profiles to be suspended for seven days.

“They released my exact location in real time, essentially – the coordinates for the assassination, which is clearly a direct violation of Twitter’s terms of service,” Musk tweeted.

The BBC recalls that Twitter this week suspended the account of a person who shared information about the location of Musk’s plane using publicly available flight data.

The profile of @ElonJet and the personal profile of the owner of that account, Jack Sweeney (20), have been suspended.

Meanwhile, Musk has promised to take legal action against him.

Musk acquired Twitter in October for $44 billion.

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