National Public Radio plans to shut down its Twitter accounts, saying the Elon Musk-owned platform’s recent decision to label it «government-funded media» undermines its credibility.
In a statement Wednesday morning, NPR said Twitter’s decision «falsely implies[ies] that we are not editorially independent.”
“We are not putting our journalism on platforms that have shown interest in undermining our credibility and the public’s understanding of our editorial independence,” he said.
In a separate statement, NPR CEO John Lansing said: «Actions by Twitter or other social media companies to tarnish the independence of any public media institution are uniquely damaging and set a dangerous precedent.»
Twitter and Musk could not be reached for comment.
The decision to label the NPR account «government-funded media» came after Musk and Twitter initially labeled the NPR account «media affiliated with US state government entities.»
Musk recently applied the label to the British Broadcasting Corporation as well, although in an interview he said that plans to amend the label on the BBC’s main account to read «publicly funded» media.
On your websiteNPR describes itself as «an independent, non-profit media organization» and that less than 1% of its budget comes from grants from the federally funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other federal agencies and departments. .
However, it has long been the subject of criticism among right-wing and conservative pundits, who have argued that the outlet’s programming and its affiliates lean toward liberalism.