Twitter recently changed a label it had put onto NPR. It was “US state-affiliated” media outlet, but now it is listed as a “government funded” organization. Elon Musk said it would also do this for other organizations soon. However, Tesla – which has been given lots of subsidies from the government – still doesn’t have the label yet.
The official Twitter account of NPR (National Public Radio) has not been used since Wednesday when Twitter labelled them as a “state-affiliated” company. NPR’s CEO pointed out that this tag does not apply to them and Twitter changed their rules accordingly. Before Tuesday, the page said that organizations like NPR which are state-funded but independent in their opinions, like for example The BBC in Britain or NPR itself in America, wouldn’t be labeled as “state-affiliates”. However, by Wednesday this text was removed from the page. Only a tiny part of NPR’s budget comes from public grants (less than 1 percent) while corporate sponsorships and programming fees cover 70 percent of its yearly expenses during these five years.