National Public Radio (NPR) announced this afternoon that it is leaving Twitter. After a week without uploading content to the platform, the public media company communicated its decision through a tweet and through a statement on the front page of its website. This decision comes a few weeks after Twitter decided to label NPR as "state-affiliated media" because of NPR's public nature, funding and relationship with the U.S. government.
We are turning away from Twitter but not from our audiences and communities. There are plenty of ways to stay connected and keep up with NPR's news, music, and cultural content.
— nprextra (@NPRextra) April 12, 2023
"NPR is stepping away from Twitter, and this includes this NPR Politics feed. Please read the thread to find other ways to find our work," the media corporation communicated through a tweet accompanied by a thread of links to its other social media platforms. The public media outlet defends its editorial independence and assures to comply with the values of absolute objectivity and not to follow the slogans of Joe Biden's government. This is not the first time NPR has been accused of being left-leaning or of favoring Democratic governments.
NPR thus becomes the first major national media outlet to leave Twitter since Elon Musk took the reins. According to NPR, the decision will be made fully effective after two weeks, to give the networking team room to redesign its social media strategy.