“Why NPR’s Bold Move to Quit Twitter Shines a Light on Puppet Journalism and Government Funding”
National Public Radio (NPR) has announced that it will no longer use Twitter as a promotion tool. The reason behind this decision is that Twitter has labelled several government-funded organisations as “state-affiliated media”, causing concerns over issues of accuracy and fairness.
One of the largest concerns NPR has voiced is that being labelled in such a way would align them with the likes of RT or China Daily, both known for spreading propaganda-style messages. The risk associated with this, when posed to a media organisation, is their credibility.
NPR is not alone in its concerns. Many organisations have become increasingly worried over the labelling, due to a lack of clarity over how Twitter defines “state-affiliated media”. This has led to accusations of Twitter undermining the media’s reputation, as being labelled in this way gives the impression that the organisation is under some level of government control.
It is not just Twitter that is facing backlash, however. Elon Musk has also expressed his concerns over the labelling, claiming that it is equivalent to censorship. This has led many to speculate that it is part of a larger debate regarding the role of social media in free speech.
It is unclear what will happen next, but many are hoping that Twitter will re-evaluate its stance on labeling media outlets in this way.
– National Public Radio (NPR) has announced that it is quitting Twitter over concerns that the platform is undermining its credibility by labelling government-funded media as “state-affiliated”.
– Other media outlets are joining NPR in raising concerns about Twitter’s labelling policy, citing a lack of clarity around definitions.
– Elon Musk has also voiced concerns over the labelling, raising questions about the platform’s role in free speech.