Twitter CEO Elon Musk has “threatened” to reassign National Public Radio’s Twitter account to another company, according to the US-based broadcaster. According to NPR, Musk proposed shifting the network’s primary account, which goes by the handle @NPR, to another organization or person.
Last month, NPR stopped posting to its 52 official Twitter feeds to protest a Twitter designation that implied government involvement in its editorial content.
Musk inquired about the public broadcaster’s relationship with Twitter in an email to an NPR reporter, according to the public broadcaster.
“So, will NPR start posting on Twitter again, or should we reassign @NPR to another company?” According to NPR, Musk stated.
“Our policy is to recycle definitively dormant handles,” he explained in another email. “All accounts are subject to the same policy.” There will be no special treatment for NPR.”
Reuters contacted NPR and Twitter for comment, but neither responded immediately.
According to Twitter’s rules, users should log in to their accounts at least once every 30 days to avoid permanent termination due to inactivity.
PBS and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation followed NPR’s lead and stopped posting on Twitter after being labeled similarly.
Twitter later removed the labels, but the outlets targeted have not resumed activity, according to their profiles on Tuesday.