Headline RoundupApril 6th, 2023

Twitter Labels NPR 'State-Affiliated Media'

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Twitter assigned NPR's (Lean Left bias) account a "state-affiliated media" label on Tuesday.

The Details: The social media platform apparently changed its guidelines to allow for the move. In part, Twitter's guidelines define state-affiliated media as "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." The guidelines formerly read, "State-financed media organizations with editorial independence, like the BBC in the UK or NPR in the US for example, are not defined as state-affiliated media." They were then changed to remove NPR. BBC (Center bias) has not been labeled.

Key Quotes: Twitter head Elon Musk said the change "seems accurate." NPR CEO and President John Lansing said it's "unacceptable for Twitter to label us this way. A vigorous, vibrant free press is essential to the health of our democracy."

For Context: NPR says it gets "less than 1% of its annual budget, on average, from federal sources." Twitter uses the label for state news agencies such as Xinhua in China and TASS in Russia.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the spectrum framed the labeling as inconsistent with Twitter's previous guidelines. NPR called the assertion "not true." Some left- and center-rated sources highlighted critics who said the move hurts press freedom.

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