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CBC Suspended Twitter Usage After It Was Labeled “government-funded media”

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(CTN NEWS) – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) stopped using Twitter on Monday after the Elon Musk-owned social media site tagged the public broadcaster’s account with a phrase that the CBC claims is meant to damage its credibility.

Twitter referred to CBC/Radio-Canada as “government-funded media”; on Wednesday, National Public Radio in the United States followed suit by leaving the social media platform.

Twitter “can be a powerful tool for our journalists to communicate with Canadians,” said CBC spokesperson Leon Mar in a statement announcing the move on Monday afternoon.

“But it undermines the accuracy and professionalism of their work,” he added.

As a result, all CBC and Radio-Canada news-related accounts as well as our corporate Twitter account will be put on hold, according to the statement.

Twitter has received a letter from CBC requesting that it review the designation. Later, Musk modified it to “69% Government-funded media” in a tweet.

Mar contended that CBC does not meet those requirements since it is publicly funded by a parliamentary appropriation that is approved by all members of Parliament and because the Broadcasting Act protects its editorial freedom.

The CBC’s board of directors chooses how to use the money it receives. The Canadian government gave the CBC more than $1.2 billion (about US$900 million) in 2021–2022.

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Pierre Poilievre of the opposition Conservative Party of Canada asked Twitter to brand the CBC. Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, blasted Poilievre for what he called a “attack on a foundational Canadian institution.”

Twitter initially referred to NPR’s main account as “state-affiliated media,” a term that is also used to refer to media organisations that are extensively regulated or influenced by authoritarian governments, such as the governments of China and Russia.

Twitter eventually modified the designation to “government-funded media,” but for NPR, which receives only a small portion of its financing from the government, this is still inaccurate.

Earlier, Twitter sent an automatically generated email with a poop emoji in response to a request for feedback about the reason the label was applied and whether it would be amended or withdrawn.

Twitter claims that its users utilize it to keep up with current events

This increased its appeal as a venue for news organisations to broadcast their stories and supported Twitter’s efforts to stop the spread of false information.

However, Musk has always shown contempt for reporters and has claimed he wants to promote the opinions and knowledge of the “average citizen.”

The accounts of specific journalists who wrote about Twitter late last year have also been unexpectedly suspended by Musk, who claims some of them were attempting to betray his location.

As a result of the newspaper’s declaration that it would not pay Twitter for institutional account verification, Twitter removed the verification check mark from The New York Times’ main account earlier in April, singling out the publication and denigrating its reporting.

In order to validate their authenticity and separate them from imposters, journalists and other high-profile accounts were also marked with blue checkmarks on Twitter.

The marks, however, have been mocked by Musk as an unjustified status symbol, and he intends to take them away from anyone who does not pay a premium subscription.


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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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