Fox News Goes Silent On Twitter And Doesn’t Say Why But One Employee Is Speaking Out
The @FoxNews and @FoxNewsPolitics Twitter accounts both stopped tweeting more than 24 hours ago. The company has not issued a statement about the blackout period.
We first noticed the blackout thanks to William LeGate, who pointed out the strange lack of new content on both accounts.
The official @FoxNewsPolitics account has been down as well… probably all just a big coincidence?
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) November 9, 2018
The blackout corresponds almost directly with Rupert Murdoch visiting Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday, November 8, as noted by New York Times Congressional Correspondent Nicholas Fandos.
An empty Capitol, but Mitch McConnell is receiving visitors. Rupert Murdoch in this case. pic.twitter.com/TPcTmykuJs
— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) November 8, 2018
It’s still unclear why Murdoch was visiting with McConnell directly after the GOP lost the U.S. House to their Democratic counterparts.
With no official statement released by the far-right news network, it was Manager of Content Strategy at Tribune Media (Not tronc) Scott Gustin who released a message about a possible boycott of Twitter by the news network.
The @FoxNews Twitter account has been silent for over 24 hours. A Fox News employee tells me Fox is choosing to stay silent while protesting how Twitter handled posts targeting Tucker Carlson — specifically the ones that included his address. address.
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) November 10, 2018
Scott says the directive came from the “highest level” at the company and that they will continue to boycott Twitter until removes posts that include Tucker’s home address.
The Fox News employee says Twitter told Fox News to “open a ticket” and did not remove the posts without proper support channels being notified.
If Scott’s source is correct, it seems odd that Fox News would boycott Twitter over the treatment of Tucker Carlson by a group of protestors and not issue some type of statement about the boycott.
This story is still developing…