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Twitter, which has flak for not banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, frankly, was quick to suspend a man who is embroiled in a dispute with the Tesla.

Martin Tripp, a former engineer for Elon Musk, the electric car company, was fired by Tesla earlier this year. Musk has called him a “saboteur” and his company complains Tripp for allegedly hacking into Tesla’s confidential information shared with a third party.

According to Gizmodo, Tripp took to Twitter on Wednesday evening and began with the sharing of what he claimed were incorrectly treated cooling tubes, a proof of the damaged cells in the battery, and the alleged entry of Teslas that he says is sold with a “leak/dented/damaged batteries.

Tripp told the tech site late Wednesday that he was hit with a 12-hour suspension by Twitter and a number of his tweets have been deleted. He believes that a tweet with a photo of “an e-mail address with Elon Musk, is the name” may be what led to the temporary suspension.

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In a screenshot that Tripp shared with Gizmodo, the company states: “You may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorization and permission.”

Thursday afteroon, it turns out that the Tripp account (@trippedover) was removed from Twitter.

Fox News reach Twitter for comment on this matter.

When approached for a comment by Gizmodo, Tesla said:

“As we have said previously, these claims are untrue, and Mr. Tripp is not even personal knowledge about the safety of the claims that he makes. No leaky cells ever used in a Model 3 vehicles in every way, and all the VINs that have been identified safe batteries. In particular, there are zero battery problems with the security in a Model 3.”

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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