The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has announced that it will stop publishing content on Twitter owned by Elon Musk, joining other media outlets based in the United States.
Our journalism is fair and independent. To suggest otherwise is incorrect. This is why we’ve paused our Twitter activities,” CBC said he wrote in a tweet on monday.
Twitter hit CBC, along with other media outlets that have received some public funding, with a “government funded” tag on their account, which has amassed more than 32,000 followers.
According to Twitter policyGovernment-funded media outlets are defined as outlets in which the government provides some or all of the funding for the outlet and may have varying degrees of government involvement in editorial content.
“Twitter’s own policy defines government-funded media as instances in which “the government may have varying degrees of government involvement in editorial content,” which clearly does not apply to CBC/Radio-Canada,” the CBC said in a Twitter response. The last hashtag of the social media platform for their accounts.
CBC/Radio-Canada is generally funded through Parliamentary Accreditation which is voted on by all members of Parliament. CBC added, “Its editorial independence is protected by law in the Broadcasting Act, as we said in our statement last week.”
CBC followed other media outlets, such as PBS and NPR, which it said stopped using Twitter after Musk slapped the “government funded” and “state media” labels on their accounts.
NPR was the first to announce its decision last week, saying it would allow its Twitter accounts to cease operating and no longer post on the social media platform in response to Twitter adding the “state media” label to a number of media outlets that receive some public funding.
Subsequently, Twitter dropped the “state-owned” tag and changed it to “government-funded”, after receiving widespread opposition from the decision. In a statement, White House spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre said that NPR is an independent news organization, saying, “If anyone follows their coverage, it’s clear that they are indeed an independent news organization.”
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