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NextImg:Twitter removes 'government-funded media' label from NPR, CBC, BBC and Russia's RT accounts

Twitter has lifted its "government-funded media" and "state-affiliated" labels from NPR, CBC, BBC, China’s Xinhu, and Russia's RT accounts.

NPR became the first major news organization to protest the "state-affiliated media" label on its Twitter account on April 12. It stopped posting on its account and released a statement.

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"NPR’s organizational accounts will no longer be active on Twitter because the platform is taking actions that undermine our credibility by falsely implying that we are not editorially independent," NPR said.

CBC/Radio-Canada decided to pause its use of Twitter following the labeling of "government-funded media" by the social media platform.

"Our journalism is impartial and independent. To suggest otherwise is untrue. That is why we are pausing our activities on Twitter," it wrote on April 17.

When CBC challenged Twitter's definition of "government-funded" by noting that it received other revenue, Twitter revised its label to "69% Government-funded media."

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One social media user noticed that when Musk removed blue checkmarks from legacy accounts, the government-funded labels were removed at the same time.


"Looks like when removing legacy verified blue checkmarks...Twitter accidentally removed all state-affiliated, government-funded, & public-funded media tags on every account," one Twitter user said.