- Elon Musk went to the World Cup final in Qatar on Sunday and let the world know.
- But when he appeared on live television and tweeted about the game, many questioned Twitter’s doxing policy.
- Musk had banned, then removed, several journalists for tweeting about the location of his private jet.
As Elon Musk tweeted from the stands at the World Cup final on Sunday, Twitter users joked that he was breaking his own policy on “doxing real-time location information.”
The Twitter CEO banned several journalists last Thursday for sharing links to the ElonJet account, which tracked where Musk’s private plane leaves and lands. Those reporters were disabled the following night, after the billionaire conducted a Twitter poll about the decision.
Now people are wondering how the doxing policy is enforced, since the media and Musk himself have shared his whereabouts ever since. His private jet was previously tracked from California to Qatar, with a stopover in Luton, England.
Live television then showed Musk arriving at Lusail Stadium, with numerous news sites tweeting screenshots.
A senior producer from Sky News, Nick Stylianou, stayed asking: “Are we allowed to tweet that Elon Musk is in the World Cup final right now because it was only on TV or is it a ban?”
—SPORTbible (@sportbible) December 18, 2022
As Musk sat down next to Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, he tweeted several videos of the game, prompting many to joke that he was kidding himself.
Jordan, who has a popular Formula 1 fan account, tweeted: “It appears that Elon Musk has released the real-time coordinates of the people shown in this video.”
And Lee Carter, a socialist and former delegate from Virginia, said: “I hope Elon Musk is banned for tweeting Elon Musk’s real-time location.”
Another tweeter, Mike Murphy, disputed: “Is it doxing in real time if you do it to yourself?”
—Mike Murphy (@mcwm) December 18, 2022
Musk was later in the photo shaking hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and taking selfies with fans.
Argentina lifted the World Cup trophy after one of the most exciting finals of the tournament, which saw two goals scored after extra time before Argentina won on penalties.
Twitter did not respond to a request for comment, sent outside of US business hours.