- Elon Musk has updated his Twitter bio to read: “State-affiliated media.”
- He changed his bio after he said Twitter should be labeled as such.
- Musk has previously slammed “corporate journalism” for defending the state instead of “the people.”
Elon Musk on Monday updated his Twitter bio to “state-affiliated media” after saying the platform should have the label.
In response to a question from a Twitter account on Sunday, which asked whether specific media accounts should have a “state-affiliated media” label like China Global Television Network’s account, Musk said: “Technically, Twitter should have that too.”
Shortly afterwards, Musk tweeted: “Kudos to the BBC for self-labelling its state affiliation,” without specifying where the broadcaster displayed this label.
Musk then changed his Twitter bio to “state-affiliated media” in the early hours of Monday.
It comes after the release of more Twitter Files, tweeted by journalist Matt Taibbi, on Saturday. The files said some government figures tried to control what was posted on the platform before Musk took over.
Musk has previously slammed “corporate journalism” for defending the state instead of “the people” over the Twitter Files. He has also weighed in more on political issues, sharing right-wing views and amplifying anti-Democratic conspiracy theories.
Following his acquisition of Twitter in late October, Musk changed his bio to “Chief Twit,” signaling he was in charge of the platform. Two months later, he announced he would step down as Twitter CEO as soon as he found someone “foolish” enough to take over his job.
After laying off thousands of employees in November, Musk updated his bio to “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator.” During this time, Musk also changed or introduced some features on Twitter, including the $8 Blue subscription, which in turn received criticism from celebrities, investors of his EV company Tesla, and Twitter employees who ended up getting fired.
Twitter didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside normal US operating hours.