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Elon Musk shuts down Twitter Spaces after being confronted by banned journalists in one

Twitter's new owner had a very busy Thursday night.
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Elon Musk Twitter account on smartphone screen
The big boss man is still putting out fires. Credit: Davide Bonaldo / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images

Elon Musk’s ownership of Twitter continues to be...well, it’s certainly something. 

Thursday night was an eventful one on the popular microblogging site, as Musk suspended several prominent journalists from outlets like the New York Times and Mashable. Their crime was supposedly for sharing live location data for Musk, by virtue of reporting on the banning of the Elon Jet Twitter account.

What followed was even stranger. Buzzfeed’s Katie Notopoulos started a Twitter Space, during which it was discovered that the banned journalists (including Mashable’s own Matt Binder) could still speak. Musk joined the space, fielded a few questions, offered the same general "you dox, you get suspended" answer to all of them, and then left. Shortly thereafter, the Spaces feature was shut off for everyone. 

As of Friday morning, the Spaces button still exists on the Twitter iOS app for me, but trying to join or start a Space results in an error message saying the feature isn’t available on my device.

Twitter notification saying Spaces aren't available on this device
Not working for me. Credit: Twitter

Musk insisted in a Twitter reply that Spaces had been pulled to "fix a legacy bug" (presumably the part where banned users could still speak) and that the feature would be back on Friday. 

We’ll have to wait and see whether or not Spaces actually come back in a timely manner, given how many people Musk has fired from the site in the last couple of months. 

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