Twitter CEO Elon Musk shared an email from an NPR reporter explaining why the news outlet left the platform after being slapped with a ‘government funded’ label.
NPR says they have deleted 50+ Twitter accounts since being slapped with the label.
But Musk responded by pointing out that NPR admits to federal funding on THEIR OWN WEBSITE!
Last week, Elon Musk removed the “state-affiliated media” from the NPR account and replaced it with a more “accurate” “government-funded media” label.
Other media Twitter accounts with the label include Russian state-owned TASS, China’s official state news agency Xinhua, and Russian state-controlled RT.
NPR is the first major news organization to quit the platform.
“NPR’s organizational accounts will no longer be active on Twitter because the platform is taking actions that undermine our credibility by falsely implying that we are not editorially independent,” NPR said in a statement, Fox News reported.
“We are not putting our journalism on platforms that have demonstrated an interest in undermining our credibility and the public’s understanding of our editorial independence,” the statement continued.
“We are turning away from Twitter but not from our audience and communities. There are plenty of ways to stay connected and keep up with NPR’s news, music, and cultural content.”
AP News reported:
National Public Radio is quitting Twitter after the social media platform owned by Elon Musk stamped NPR’s account with labels the news organization says are intended to undermine its credibility.
Twitter labeled NPR’s main account last week as “state-affiliated media,” a term also used to identify media outlets controlled or heavily influenced by authoritarian governments, such as Russia and China. Twitter later changed the label to “government-funded media,” but to NPR — which relies on the government for a tiny fraction of its funding — it’s still misleading.