According to a statement released by National Public Radio on Tuesday, the CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, has “threatened” to transfer the management of NPR’s Twitter account to another organization.
According to NPR, Elon Musk made the suggestion that he would shift the main account for the network, which uses the @NPR handle, to another organization or person.
As a form of protest over a Twitter categorization that suggested government interference in NPR’s editorial content, the National Public Radio (NPR) stopped uploading content to its 52 official Twitter streams one month ago.
In an email to an NPR reporter, Musk questioned the organization’s Twitter involvement.
“So, is NPR going to start posting on Twitter again, or should we reassign @NPR to another company?” “So, is NPR going to start posting on Twitter again?” Musk was cited making this statement by NPR.
In a further email, he clarified that “our policy is to recycle handles that are definitively dormant,” which was previously stated. All accounts are subject to the same guidelines. There will be no exceptions made for NPR.”
Reuters reached out to NPR and Twitter for comment, but neither organization provided a prompt response.
Users are required to log in to their Twitter accounts at least once every 30 days in order to prevent having their accounts deleted permanently if they have been inactive for an extended period of time.
The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) have followed NPR’s lead and ceased posting on Twitter in response to similar designation.
Twitter eventually removed the labels, but the accounts of the news organizations that had been targeted showed that they have not resumed their normal operations.