Corporate leaders have called for a meeting with high profile presenters and correspondents such as Huw Edwards, John Simpson and Emily Maitlis to discuss their release on social media. The bosses will urge reporters to curb their tweets about politics and have said they will stop using online platforms to break stories or offer instant analysis. The proposed crackdown follows criticism of some comments posted on social media ahead of last month’s election.
Political director Laura Kuenssberg has been widely criticized for repeating a false accusation that a Labor activist had helped a Health Minister aide Matt Hancock get punched in the face during a visit to Leeds hospital.
The video footage released shortly after showed that their allegations were not substantial, but the tweet had already been widely shared and collected by the news sites.
Ms. Kuenssberg, who has over 1.13 million Twitter followers and is frequently subjected to online vitriolic abuse, later tweeted the apology.
The corporate rules on partiality expressly prohibit its journalists from expressing opinions on controversial political issues.
But BBC North America editor Jon Sopel has meanwhile been accused of tweets that appear to reveal a critical stance on Donald Trump.
Similar attacks on the BBC’s impartiality led Huw Edwards, who raised his eyebrows when he “liked” a third-party tweet in support of Labor’s position on the NHS, to publish a defense of the BBC’s reporting standards.
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He said: “Providing a fair and balanced account of a complex election campaign – with sentiments going high from all sides – is quite difficult.
“Trying to do this while dealing with relentless attacks on vitriol is doubly challenging.
“We are far from perfect on @BBCNews – but the” prejudice “bilge needs an answer.”
“Although we are expected to have the same level of Twitter standards as in broadcast, it is not actually true.
Too many people inside the BBC use it as their vanity project to get their own opinions.
“It becomes an echo chamber that attracts more and more anger.”