Apparently, CNN’s new head thinks Twitter can be a corrosive influence — so corrosive he’s logging off.
In a tweet on Monday, incoming CNN president Chris Licht announced he would stop using the social media platform once he takes over at his new gig.
“May 2 will be my first official day in the office at CNN & my last day on Twitter,” Licht tweeted.
“Twitter can be a great journalistic tool, but it can also skew what’s really important in the world. I’m logging off & looking forward to working with the incredible team at CNN.”
May 2 will be my first official day in the office at CNN & my last day on Twitter. Twitter can be a great journalistic tool, but it can also skew what’s really important in the world. I’m logging off & looking forward to working with the incredible team at CNN.
— Chris Licht (@ChrisLicht) April 18, 2022
Licht did not permit anyone to reply to the post.
Licht comes to the job after his time as an executive producer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Prior to that, The Hill describes him as the “visionary behind the launch of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.'”
After the ignominious departure of CNN president Jeff Zucker for failing to disclose a workplace romance, new CNN owner Discovery tapped the producer to run the network.
However, as The Hill noted, “Licht’s decision to get off Twitter comes as media organizations across the world look to better connect with audiences and escape the revolving door of outrage and partisanship that often comes with each passing news cycle.
“The New York Times earlier this month announced new guidance for its reporters clarifying that usage of social media, and Twitter specifically, was optional and pledged to work to better support journalists who find themselves on the receiving end of threats and harassment.”
However, Twitter has become the de facto social media tool for journalists, giving the social media network outsized influence in the tech world.
That influence has been questioned, however, particularly after the ban of several major conservative figures or entities.
The network censored the New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop in October of 2020 and banned former President Donald Trump shortly after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
More recently, conservative satire site Babylon Bee found itself locked out of its account.