During the weekend, officials at the BBC said they objected to a “government-funded media” label that appeared on their Twitter account, purportedly at the behest of Twitter’s owner Elon Musk.
The BBC is funded through a licensed levied on British households that watch live television, including through online platforms. While the license and the organization are regulated by the government, the BBC has editorial independence free from government influence.
“The BBC is, and always has been, independent,” a spokesperson for the organization said on Monday. “We are funded by the British public through the licence fee.”
It is the second time in less than a month that a media outlet has taken issue with a label affixed to their Twitter account. Last week, public broadcaster NPR called out Twitter and Musk after a “state-affiliated” label was wrongly applied to their main profile.
Late last week, Musk said Twitter would reconsider the label applied to the NPR account, and the decision was ultimately made to amend the tag to read “government-funded” — which is misleading, since NPR only receives around 1 percent of its funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other government funding sources.