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After Musk’s encounter with reporters who had been barred, Twitter removes its Spaces group audio feature

As a result of Elon Musk’s participation in a group chat that includes previously blacklisted journalists, Twitter has supposedly temporarily disabled its Spaces group audio tool.

When the Elon Plane Twitter account was banned for utilising publicly accessible data to follow Elon Musk’s private jet, Twitter also suspended numerous renowned journalists who had covered the subject.

Some of the banned users continued to take part in Twitter Spaces and engage in conversations with other members thanks to an apparent bug in the service. Yesterday evening, BuzzFeed reporter Katie Notopoulos initiated a group chat that was joined by several journalists whose accounts had been suspended by Twitter, including Drew Harwell of the Washington Post and Matt Binder of Mashable, as well as Jack Sweeney, the creator of the Elon Jet Twitter account, who also had his personal account suspended.

The debate was joined by Elon Musk, who criticised both the people who had revealed his private jet’s position in real time and the media outlets that had reported on the incident.

Musk exited the interview suddenly after being challenged by journalists over some of his inaccuracies, and soon after that the whole Spaces feature itself began acting up.

To the best of having done internal testing, it is currently not feasible to initiate a new Spaces chat or join an existing one. Musk told one Twitter user who was concerned about Spaces that the service was “solving a legacy glitch” and that it will be back up the following day.

However tomorrow’s reintroduction of Spaces plays out, Twitter’s recent big proclamations about Twitter 2.0 and its “continuing commitment to the public discourse” appear more at odds with the events of the previous 24 hours.