Huw Edwards has cheeky response to BBC's new 'virtue signalling' guidelines

Huw Edwards has given the best response to the BBC’s new ‘virtue signalling’ guidelines.

BBC staff have been told to avoid ‘virtue signalling’ with a new set of instructions, which aim to ‘ensure the highest possible standards of impartiality across the organisation’.

One point states: ‘Use of emojis can – accidentally, or deliberately – undercut an otherwise impartial post’.

Huw wasn’t having any of it, writing on Twitter: ‘The BBC’s new social media guidance says that the “use of emojis can – accidentally, or deliberately – undercut an otherwise impartial post”‘ and book-ending his tweet with a string of Welsh flag emoji.

The BBC News At Ten presenter’s post comes after the broadcaster released the new guidance, with some of the rules specifically referring to use of social media.

It also tells staff they must not support campaigns, such as through the use of hashtags ‘no matter how apparently worthy the cause or how much their message appears to be accepted or uncontroversial.’

Staff are cautioned to be wary of ‘revealed bias’, through the use of likes or re-posting other posts, and ‘inferred bias’ where a post is impartial but loose wording allows readers to infer a bias where there is none.

The BBC’s Director-General, Tim Davie, said that anyone wanting to be an ‘opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media’ had no place at the BBC.’

Davie previously said that BBC stars would be stripped of their Twitter accounts if they do not keep to the guidance.

Speaking in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee, Davie said: ‘We are going to be publishing in the next few weeks, and this is imminent, clear social media guidelines, and they will cover both news and current affairs, and beyond news and current affairs.

‘We will have, within those guidelines, the enforcement policies will be very clear.

‘We will be able to take disciplinary action. We will be able to take people off Twitter. I know people want to see hard action on this.’

He added: ‘If they want to work for the BBC, I can ask people, you would suspend their Twitter account, absolutely.’

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