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BBC defends editorial independence after Twitter labels it ‘government-funded media’

BBC: Twitter owned by Elon Musk On its profile page, referred to the British broadcaster BBC as “government-funded media.” The media outlet was identified by Twitter as being supported by the government while maintaining editorial freedom. Shortly after, the BBC disputed Twitter’s claim that it provides “public services,” claiming that it does so by charging licence payments.

Twitter’s policy section listed NPR as a government-funded outlet

Twitter defined the term as follows, “State-financed media organisations with editorial independence, like the BBC in the UK or NPR in the US, are not defined as state-affiliated media for the purposes of this policy,” running the risk of conflict with the UK-based media outlet. Twitter’s policy outlined the distinction between the term and “state-affiliated media,” claiming the latter lacks editorial independence and is subject to government control. The BBC is a “government-funded media,” meaning that it receives funding from the government but maintains editorial freedom. By the way, Twitter’s policy section listed NPR, a media organisation based in the United States, as a government-funded outlet.

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Elon Musk recently Aim at The New York Times

Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla and Twitter, recently tweeted aiming at The New York Times, “The real tragedy of the New York Times is that their propaganda isn’t even interesting.” Netizens were also interested by the millionaire businessman’s viewpoint on media outlets and his tweets criticising them, despite the fact that critics refuted it. On one of its primary Twitter identities, the BBC protested to the new label. The business declared that it was in discussions with the social media platform to “resolve the issue as quickly as possible.” The BBC declared in a statement that it has always been independent. Through the licence fee, the British public supports us. It should be remembered that British legislation mandates a $197 annual licence charge in order to access live television broadcasts or streaming in the UK. Residents of UK households must pay the fee in accordance with a government regulation in order to access the services.

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