TORONTO (AP) – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday blocked its use of Twitter after social media Platform owned by Elon Musk The CBC’s account is stamped with a label the public broadcaster says is intended to undermine its credibility.
Twitter labels CBC/Radio-Canada “government funded media” – the same label that indicated National Public Radio in America will leave Twitter in the same way last Wednesday.
“Twitter can be a powerful tool for our journalists to communicate with Canadians, but it undermines the accuracy and professionalism of our work,” CBC spokesperson Leon Mar said in a statement. Change Monday afternoon.
“As a result, we will pause our activity on our corporate Twitter account and all CBC and Radio-Canada news related accounts,” the statement said.
CBC sent a letter to Twitter asking the company to re-examine the designation. Musk later tweeted about it and turned it into “69 percent government funded media”.
The CBC does not meet those criteria, Marr argued, because it is publicly funded through a parliamentary appropriation that is voted on by all members of parliament, and its editorial independence is protected by law in the Broadcasting Act. .
The CBC’s board of directors determines how to spend the money it receives. In 2021–22, the CBC receives more than C$1.2 billion Canadian (US$900 million) in government funding.
Pierre Poilievre, the opposition Conservative Party of Canada, urged Twitter to label the CBC. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized Poilievre for what he called an “attack on a Canadian institution”.
Twitter initially labeled NPR’s main account as “state-affiliated media”, a term also used to identify media outlets controlled or heavily influenced by authoritarian governments such as Russia and China.
Twitter later changed the label to “government-funded media,” but for NPR — which relies on the government for a small portion of its funding — it’s still misleading.
Twitter previously responded to a request for comment on why the label was put in place and whether it would be removed or replaced with an auto-generated email containing a poop emoji.
Twitter, more than any of its rivals, has said that its users turn to it to keep track of current events. This made it an attractive place for news outlets to share their stories and reinforced Twitter’s steps to combat the spread of misinformation.
But Musk has long expressed disdain for professional journalists, saying he wants to elevate the views and expertise of the “average citizen.”
Musk also abruptly suspended the accounts of individual journalists who wrote about Twitter late last year, claiming some were trying to reveal their location.
Twitter had earlier removed the verification check mark in April New York Times main accountsingling out the newspaper and condemning its reporting when it said it would not pay Twitter to verify its institutional accounts.
Twitter also used to tag journalists and other high-profile accounts blue check mark To verify their identity and differentiate them from fraudsters. But Musk has scoffed at the marks as an unwanted status symbol and plans to take them away from anyone who doesn’t buy a premium membership.