NPR is quitting Twitter after being labeled as “state-affiliated media,” which it deems as undermining its credibility, prompting growing friction between news organizations and Twitter under Elon Musk’s ownership.
National Public Radio (NPR) has announced that it will no longer be active on Twitter after the social media platform labelled its account as “state-affiliated media”. Twitter has since changed the label to “government-funded media”, but NPR still considers it to be misleading as it only receives a tiny fraction of its funding from the government. Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, responded by tweeting “Defund @NPR”. The Public Broadcasting Service has also stopped tweeting from its main account and has no plans to resume. Media analysts believe growing friction between Twitter and news organisations since Musk bought the platform is bad for both Twitter and the public.