NPR is exiting Elon Musk’s Twitter over the ‘government-funded’ label.

WASHINGTON (AP) — National Public Radio is exiting Twitter over recent actions by the Elon Musk-owned social media company to label it that the news organization says is designed to undermine its credibility.

“NPR’s organizational accounts will no longer be active on Twitter because the platform is taking actions that undermine our credibility by falsely implying that we are not editorially independent,” the news organization said in a statement Wednesday.

Last week, Twitter labeled NPR’s main account on the social media site as “state-affiliated media,” a label also used to identify media companies controlled or heavily influenced by authoritarian governments. Twitter later changed the label to “government-funded media” and gave it to at least one other public news organization, the BBC.

“We do not place our journalism on platforms that have shown an interest in undermining our credibility and the public’s understanding of our editorial independence,” NPR’s statement said.

NPR’s chief communications officer, Isabel Lara, said in an email that “NPR journalists and staff will make their own decisions about whether to remain on the platform, as will NPR member stations since they are independently owned and operated independently.”

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NPR receives US government funding through grants from federal agencies and departments and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The company said it accounts for less than 1% of NPR’s annual operating budget.

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