The CBC is asking all of its employees to “swipe right” on social media platforms, after one of its Twitter followers was forced to quit.CBC senior editor Chris Johnston said in a statement Wednesday that he was forced out of the CBC’s digital operation due to a tweet he made that was “completely inappropriate.”
Johnston posted the tweet in response to an apparent tweet from CBC president and CEO Jian Ghomeshi.
“As a public broadcaster, CBC is committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct in all aspects of our work,” the statement said.
“We are reviewing our social media platform and will take appropriate action.”CBC’s social media director, John Dufour, said in an email to CBC News that he and Johnston had “made a mistake” and were working with the CBC to “correct the record.”
“We regret any impact this has had on our colleagues,” Dufours said.
The tweet was first reported by CBC News on Tuesday.
Johnston has since deleted the tweet and said that the tweet was not his own.CBC’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended after Johnston’s tweet on Tuesday evening, and he said it was “an act of cowardice.”
The CBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.CBC News has reached out to Johnston for comment.