CNN's CEO-to-be announced that he would leave Twitter on the same day he takes over as CNN's leader.
Chris Licht announced on Monday that he would start his new role as CEO on May 2 and would leave Twitter that day.
"Twitter can be a great journalistic tool, but it can also skew what's really important in the world," Licht said in a tweet. "I’m logging off & looking forward to working with the incredible team at CNN."
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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
While Twitter is only used by an estimated 22% of the U.S. general public, according to Pew Research, journalists have regularly flocked to the platform for professional and personal reasons. This has led some to argue that Twitter drama has been overrepresented in news coverage today.
The New York Times updated its Twitter policy on April 7 to accommodate modern social media practices. This update is what editor Dean Baquet called a "reset in our approach" and included the New York Times no longer requiring reporters to have a presence on Twitter to minimize their time tweeting and avoid criticizing coworkers.
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CNN has been shifting business practices in recent months. The news network launched CNN+, a streaming-only option for the platform that hosts content by the likes of Chris Wallace, Anderson Cooper, and Jake Tapper. The platform drew less than 10,000 daily users in its first few weeks despite a heavy investment from CNN.
Several lead executives have also left the outlet. CNN President Jeff Zucker was pushed out in February after it was discovered that he was having a romantic relationship with one of his executives. Jason Kilar, the CEO who pushed Zucker out, announced on April 5 that he was resigning from his position as well. Licht was announced as Zucker's replacement on Feb. 26.