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Twitter Labels NPR “State Affiliated Media”; Elon Musk Says “Seems Accurate”

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Since Elon Musk acquired Twitter in the fall of last year, he has been shaking up the once liberal social media site with free speech and transparency, as well as refining the blue checkmark system for certifying accounts.

Musk’s Twitter is also defining accounts, which some users welcome while others find offensive. Musk, with his customary brevity, has confirmed the labeling determinations for accounts.

Twitter took the decision in 2020 to identify several accounts, including Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik, as “state-affiliated media” and to block tweets from these accounts from displaying on the home page, in alerts, or in searches.

Twitter said that it was doing so “to make the experience more transparent” and added, “we don’t let state-affiliated media accounts advertise on Twitter. We’ll also no longer include them or their Tweets in recommendations, as we continue to support a free and independent press.”

At the time, NPR was not included in those classifications, but Twitter has now classified NPR as well, according to Summit News.

Twitter placed a label on NPR’s account Tuesday describing the outlet as “State-affiliated media,” with owner Elon Musk commenting that the description “seems accurate.”

Twitter’s guidelines state “Labels on state-affiliated accounts provide additional context about accounts that are controlled by certain official representatives of governments, state-affiliated media entities, and individuals associated with those entities.

Musk quoted Twitter’s Help Center, which notes that “State-affiliated media is defined as outlets where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial resources, direct or indirect political pressures, and/or control over production and distribution.”

This labeling has not gone unnoticed by some. Summit News noted that “NPR comrades, such as Climate & Energy Correspondent Jeff Brady, were annoyed”:

Others noted that Twitter’s guidelines also state that “State-financed media organizations with editorial independence, like the BBC in the UK for example, are not defined as state-affiliated media for the purposes of this policy.”

More on this story via The Republic Brief:

“How much taxpayer funding NPR receives is unclear, with much of it being hidden in the form of grants, but estimates have suggested NPR’s budget is made up of 25 percent of taxpayer dollars, with its member stations receiving another 40 percent of public funds. Others argue it’s less than 2 percent,” Summit News related. CONTINUE READING..

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