NPR says Musk is threatening to reset the NPR Twitter account

(Reuters) – The U.S.-based broadcaster said on Tuesday that Twitter chief Elon Musk “threatened” to reallocate National Public Radio’s Twitter account to another company.

Musk has suggested that he would reassign the network’s main account, under NPR’s address, to another organization or person, according to NPR.

NPR stopped posting content to its official 52 Twitter feed last month in protest of Twitter’s designation implying government involvement in its editorial content.

Public broadcaster said Musk, in an email to an NPR reporter, asked her about her interaction with Twitter.

So will NPR start posting to Twitter again, or should NPR be reassigned to another company? NPR quoted Musk as saying.

“Our policy is to permanently recycle inactive knobs,” he said in another email. “Same policy applies to all accounts. No special treatment for NPR.”

NPR and Twitter did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

According to Twitter’s policy, users must log into their accounts at least once every 30 days to avoid permanent removal due to prolonged inactivity.

PBS and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation followed NPR and stopped posting on Twitter following similar signs.

Their profiles on Tuesday showed that Twitter subsequently dropped the ratings but that the targeted outlets have not resumed activity.

(Reporting by Shivani Tanna in Bengaluru; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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