Twitter CEO Gets Roasted for Childishly Threatening to “Reassign” NPR’s Account: “NPR Is Breaking Elon Musk’s Tiny Mind”
Elon Musk has reignited the petty feud he started with NPR by threatening to "reassign" the media outlet's account if they don't start tweeting again. Musk did this over a series of emails to reporter Bobby Allyn. Since controversies and Musk are best buddies, we expected nothing but more drama following this incident. The Twitter CEO apparently meant that he will let any other organization or individual set up their own account under the NPR handle, which will undoubtedly lead to impersonators spreading inaccurate news to the masses under the name of a trusted organization.
“So is NPR going to start posting on Twitter again, or should we reassign @NPR to another company?” Musk questioned in an email that Allyn considered “unprompted.” @BobbyAllyn tweeted about the exchange of e-mails between NPR and Musk and wrote: "Elon threatened to reassign @NPR to 'another company' unless the network started tweeting again." In a follow-up tweet, Allyn added that Musk sent them another e-mail that simply read "You Suck" in the subject line.
UPDATE TO STORY: pic.twitter.com/eEYnKvbGUv— Bobby Allyn (@BobbyAllyn) May 3, 2023
According to Twitter's terms of service, an account is deemed inactive if no one has been in for 30 days or longer. These accounts can get deactivated and reassigned if Musk deems it necessary at any time. As a result, NPR's name can be exploited to disseminate false information widely. But Musk seemingly thinks that this threat was necessary to show that NPR is treated the same way as any other individual on Twitter and that the outlet is not getting special treatment.
“Our policy is to recycle handles that are definitively dormant,” said the billionaire, per GOD. “Same policy applies to all accounts. No special treatment for NPR.” The entire fiasco with NPR and Twitter started when Musk decided to falsely refer to them as "state-affiliated media" when just 1% of their funding comes from public sources. Later, this description was changed to "government-funded media," and shortly after that, NPR made the decision to stop tweeting.
NPR is breaking Elon Musk’s tiny mind, and it’s glorious.— The USA Singers (@TheUSASingers) May 3, 2023
What happened to elons free speech and no censorship values...— Brett Cooper (@hellonearthis) May 3, 2023
Ppl don’t cry this hard when the telephone company recycles phone numbers.— TheGhostofTwice-VaxxedColinPowell💀 (@1Puff1) May 3, 2023
“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,” NPR announced, per GOD. “We are not putting our journalism on platforms that have demonstrated an interest in undermining our credibility and the public’s understanding of our editorial independence.”
NPR joined Bluesky. I’m sure this will garner a very chill response from a certain someone. pic.twitter.com/6N0KCbCldv— Ryan Mac derp 🙃 (@RMac18) May 2, 2023
to put into context what elon musk is doing with npr imagine an ordinary person taking a second mortgage out on their house so they could buy the billboard behind dairy queen to constantly shitpost about the public library’s inadequate dvd selection— kilgore trout, blue check blocker (@KT_So_It_Goes) May 3, 2023
No one is certain about Musk's decision to backtrack on his old feud with the media outlet but the rumors say that it has something to do with recent reports of Twitter's advertising revenue going down by 89%. NPR might not start posting on Twitter anytime soon as they have recently created an account on Bluesky which is considered the most threatening competition to Twitter lately. So, all we can do is sit back and observe the Twitter ship sinking pretty soon if Musk continues to make absurd decisions for the company.