Elon Musk Threatens To Give NPR Twitter Account To One other Firm

Elon Musk threatened to switch NPR’s Twitter account (@NPR) to a different group or particular person, in line with a collection of emails he despatched to one of many public media outlet’s reporters.

Musk added a descriptive tag to NPR’s account labeling the outlet as “state-affiliated media” on April 5, earlier than altering it to “government-funded media” just a few days later after pushback; nevertheless, NPR introduced it will depart Twitter on April 12. Musk then threatened to reassign NPR’s Twitter account Tuesday, citing Twitter’s terms of service which state that if an account doesn’t log in for 30 days, it’s thought of extended inactivity that may result in everlasting removing of the account.

“So is NPR going to begin posting on Twitter once more, or ought to we reassign @NPR to a different firm?” Musk reportedly requested an NPR reporter in an unprompted e mail on Tuesday, in line with NPR. (RELATED: PBS Joins NPR In Twitter Boycott)

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“Our coverage is to recycle handles which are definitively dormant,” Musk reportedly wrote in one other e mail. “Identical coverage applies to all accounts. No particular therapy for NPR.”

The reporter requested who would possibly assume NPR’s Twitter account.

“Nationwide Pumpkin Radio,” Musk responded, including a fireplace emoji and a laughing emoji. “NPR isn’t tagged as government-funded anymore, so what’s the meat?”

Further public media organizations, reminiscent of PBS and the Canadian Broadcasting Company, additionally stop tweeting after receiving comparable labels, in line with NPR. Musk later eliminated the labels, however the focused shops haven’t returned to publicly posting on Twitter.

NPR didn’t instantly reply to the Day by day Caller Information Basis’s request for remark when requested what they might do if Musk follows via with the menace.

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