The new boss at CNN’s to start with order of business is logging off.
Chris Licht, incoming CEO of CNN Global, explained Monday he is leaving Twitter just before beginning his purpose at the network.
“Twitter can be a excellent journalistic device, but it can also skew what is actually seriously significant in the environment,” Licht tweeted. “I’m logging off & on the lookout ahead to doing work with the unbelievable team at CNN.”
The conclusion arrived after The New York Occasions a short while ago current its Twitter plan, with editor Dean Baquet declaring a existence on the social media platform will now be “purely optional” for journalists.
“We can rely too much on Twitter as a reporting or suggestions tool — which is especially unsafe to our journalism when our feeds turn out to be echo chambers,” Baquet said in a memo, per The Day by day Beast. “We can be extremely focused on how Twitter will react to our do the job, to the detriment of our mission and independence. We can make off-the-cuff responses that injury our journalistic reputations.”
Baquet extra that for these journalists who want to “step away” from Twitter, the Instances will “motivate you to meaningfully decrease how much time you might be paying out on the system,” noting that “for too many of you, your experience of Twitter is formed by harassment and attacks.”
Licht, who served as showrunner of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, is getting around as CNN’s new manager in May possibly after the departure of Jeff Zucker, who abruptly resigned immediately after admitting to an undisclosed romance with a colleague. He states his first official working day in CNN’s office environment will be May well 2 — which will also be “my very last day on Twitter.”
The New York Instances‘ Edmund Lee pointed out Monday that “more big news orgs are fleeing Twitter” and — as Tesla CEO Elon Musk seeks to obtain the platform — “I suspect it truly is not just about Elon.”