Elon Musk reportedly threatened to reassign NPR’s Twitter account as a consequence of inactivity

Twitter proprietor Elon Musk has reportedly emailed an NPR reporter to ask if the group is returning to the web site and to counsel that the corporate might reassign its account if it would not. In accordance with NPR, Musk despatched one in every of its reporters an unprompted e mail that reads: “So is NPR going to start out posting on Twitter once more, or ought to we reassign @NPR to a different firm?” In the event you’ll recall, the group give up Twitter in April after being labeled as a “state-affiliated media,” together with state-run shops, akin to China’s Xinhua Information Company and Russia’s RT.

Earlier than NPR determined to ditch Twitter altogether, the social community modified the label to “government-funded media” after being known as out. Nonetheless, NPR stated the up to date label continues to be “inaccurate and deceptive,” because it’s “a personal, nonprofit firm with editorial independence.” The label additionally prompted PBS to go away the web site. Twitter in the end decided to remove the “government-funded media” label completely, even from state-run shops, however neither NPR nor PBS has returned to the web site.

Musk’s shock e mail become an change with the manager, whereby he reportedly wrote in one in every of his responses: “NPR is not tagged as government-funded anymore, so what is the beef?” And when requested who can be taking on the NPR account on Twitter, he replied: “Nationwide Pumpkin Radio,” together with a few emoji. We reached out Twitter for a press release, however the firm would not have a communications workforce anymore. 

Beneath Twitter’s policy, the corporate stated that customers can merely log in as soon as each 30 days to maintain their account lively. Additional, it stated that accounts could also be completely eliminated as a consequence of inactivity, nevertheless it “can’t launch inactive usernames at the moment.” It encourages individuals to discover a variation if the username they need is “utilized by an account that appears inactive.” Nonetheless, NPR stated that of their e mail change, Musk instructed the group that Twitter’s “coverage is to recycle handles which are definitively dormant.” He apparently added: “Similar coverage applies to all accounts. No particular therapy for NPR.” It is unclear if Twitter intends to replace its official policy page for inactive accounts with that info, and if it should implement safeguards to guard former customers from impersonation

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