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NPR is first major U.S. news outlet to stop using Twitter

The headquarters of Nationwide Public Radio in Washington, D.C.

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NPR mentioned Wednesday it’s going to cease sharing content material on Twitter after the social media firm labeled NPR “state-affiliated media,” a time period additionally used for Russia and China-based propaganda retailers.

The information outlet’s organizational accounts will now not submit new content material on its 52 official Twitter feeds, changing into the primary main U.S. information group to take action since Elon Musk took over Twitter late final 12 months.

NPR was shocked by Twitter’s resolution to label the corporate “state-affiliated media,” in keeping with a report by the outlet. When pressed by an NPR reporter in an e-mail trade, Musk conceded that the label won’t have been correct. Twitter then modified the label on NPR’s account to “government-funded media.”

The information group mentioned this label continues to be “inaccurate and deceptive” since NPR is an editorially impartial nonprofit firm, in keeping with the report. NPR “receives lower than 1 p.c of its $300 million annual finances from the federally funded Company for Public Broadcasting,” the outlet wrote.

NPR didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. Twitter responded to a request for remark with a poop emoji.

NPR CEO John Lansing informed his workers that NPR “won’t instantly return to the platform” even when Twitter drops the designation.

“I’d by no means have our content material go wherever that may threat our credibility,” Lansing mentioned. “At this level, I’ve misplaced my religion within the decision-making at Twitter.”

Twitter additionally briefly added a “government-funded media” tag to the British information outlet BBC, however BBC mentioned in a report Wednesday that Musk agreed to vary the label to “publicly funded.” As of Wednesday morning, no label is seen on any BBC Twitter accounts.

The brand new label designations are the newest coverage modifications Musk has carried out since his tumultuous $44 billion acquisition of the social media platform. Throughout a Twitter Areas interview Tuesday, Musk mentioned that the Twitter takeover course of has been marked by an “extraordinarily excessive” stage of ache.

A vocal critic of the media, Musk known as The New York Occasions’ protection “propaganda” on April 2 and in contrast the corporate’s Twitter feed to “diarrhea,” in a tweet.

He stripped the information group’s verification checkmark shortly thereafter, citing the corporate’s refusal to pay for the platform’s revamped Twitter Blue subscription service.

Twitter relaunched its up to date Twitter Blue subscription service in December after Musk pulled and delayed the launch in November. Subscribers who pay for the service will obtain a blue verification badge on their accounts, and Musk mentioned in a tweet Tuesday that legacy verified accounts — together with information organizations and journalists — will lose their checkmarks on April 20.