The New York Times has issued new social media guidelines for its journalists. The new policy states that reporters must not show any partisan bias during the course of their social media interactions.
The Times is host to several influential journalists who have large followings on social media, allowing interaction with millions of people. The new policy states that reporters must engage on social media using the same values as the newsroom. Highlights of the new policy state, “Our journalists must not express partisan opinions, promote political views, endorse candidates, make offensive comments, or do anything else that undercuts The Times‘s journalistic reputation.”
President Trump has recently spoken out against much of the mainstream media, blasting them for bias against his administration. The president has also expressed concern over reports by major news outlets that he says contain false information, stressing to the media the importance of verifying stories before they go to press.