Tucker Carlson Boycott Worsens Tension Between Fox, Twitter
(Bloomberg) -- An already-strained relationship between Fox News and Twitter is getting worse.
Fox responded by taking Twitter to task. Carlson “is now once again being threatened via Twitter by far left activist groups with deeply political motives,” Fox News said in an emailed statement. “These same groups never target other broadcasters and operate under a grossly hypocritical double standard given their intolerance to all opposing points of view.”
Fox News hasn’t used its main account on Twitter since Nov. 8, after Carlson’s home address was shared on the social-media platform and protesters turned up at his house.
Other hosts, including Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, have faced advertiser boycotts this year, but the actions have yet to impact the network’s bottom line. Fox News depends more on subscriber fees and could survive without advertisers altogether, said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research Group LLC.
Twitter declined to comment.
21st Century Fox Inc., Fox News’ parent company, doesn’t break down revenue sources, but S&P Global Market Intelligence has estimated that about 37 percent of its $2.7 billion in operating revenue came from ads in 2018.
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