A fascinating conversation in Britain: Should BBC broadcasters limit what they say on Twitter?

Liverpool Central Library, 11March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

The BBC’s new boss has told news employees that they must restrict what they post to Twitter so that they don’t appear biased.

That directive has led to a furious debate within the organization.

As the Guardian reports,

Regular freelance contributors and BBC broadcasters have been left angry and confused this weekend in the wake of the new director general Tim Davie’s comments about restrictions to their use of Twitter.

Speaking in Cardiff on Thursday, Davie called for restraint and greater impartiality from presenters and reporters. “If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC,” he said.

The stern caution is thought to be aimed at many of the BBC’s biggest names, some of whom, including the political editor Laura Kuenssberg and television interviewer Andrew Neil, have been accused of letting their views show in their online comments. 

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