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Twitter Slaps “Government-Funded” Media On Additional Outlets

Elon Musk’s Twitter has continued labeling mainstream media outlets as “government-funded” media.

Despite their outcries, NPR and BBC previously received the labels.

Mainstream Media Outlet Becomes First Major News Organization to Quit Twitter

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NPR decided to leave Twitter because of the label.

Mainstream Media Outlet Becomes First Major News Organization to Quit Twitter

Hopefully, Twitter's new labels will entice additional fake news outlets to ditch the social media platform.

Mainstream outlets in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand earned their labels.

CBC complained about being labeled Justin Trudeau's propaganda mouthpiece.

In response, the outlet announced it's pausing Twitter activities.

In its defense, CBC admitted that it's "publicly-funded" to the amount of $1.24 billion.

In a statement Sunday night, Mar emphasized the government does not influence CBC's editorial content.

"Twitter's own policy defines government-funded media as cases where the government 'may have varying degrees of government involvement over editorial content,' which is clearly not the case with CBC/Radio-Canada," Mar said.

"CBC/Radio-Canada is publicly funded through a parliamentary appropriation that is voted upon by all Members of Parliament. Its editorial independence is protected in law in the Broadcasting Act."

Mar later said that Twitter did not consult with CBC before applying the label.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre had recently called on Twitter CEO Elon Musk to add a "government-funded" label to accounts that promote "news-related" content from CBC.

Reacting to the label being implemented on Sunday, Poilievre tweeted that the CBC has been "officially exposed" as "Trudeau propaganda, not news."

In its 2021-22 annual report, the CBC reported government funding of $1.24 billion. It also reported $651 million in revenue, largely from advertising during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games, which were held in the same fiscal year, and stronger demand for television advertising than the previous year. In the fiscal year 2020-21, CBC reported $1.39 billion in government funding and $504 million in revenue.

Justin Trudeau wasn't very happy about his propaganda outlet being accurately labeled:

Australia's ABC News also complained about its new label.

"The ABC is a publicly funded broadcaster, governed by the ABC Charter which is enshrined in legislation. For more than 90 years the ABC has always been and remains an independent media organisation, free from political and commercial interests," the outlet stated on Twitter.

According to Summit News, Australia's SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) also received the label.

From Summit News:

In a statement the outlet noted “The ABC doesn’t currently have any plans to shut down all its Twitter accounts. We’re liaising with Twitter regarding changes to account verification and labels.”

An SBS spokesperson noted that the label “publicly funded” would be more accurate, stating “While we appreciate Twitter’s motivations with regard to transparency on its platform, we believe a ‘publicly funded media’ label better reflects the hybrid public-commercial nature of our funding model and the fact that SBS retains full independence from government in our news editorial and content decision-making.”

Who should be labeled "government-funded" media next?


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