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  • According to an internal email obtained by Business Insider,
    Fox News has asked its employees not to tweet out theirs or other
    Fox News stories from their business or personal Twitter
    accounts.
  • The email was sent to Fox News’s entire digital team,
    according to a source.
  • Earlier this week, Fox News’s official Twitter account went
    silent because of a “conscious decision” by the company to
    refrain from tweeting in the wake of rowdy protests outside the
    home of Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson.

Fox News has asked its employees not to tweet out theirs or any
other Fox News stories from their business or personal Twitter
accounts, according to an internal email obtained by Business
Insider.

In the email, Fox News managing editor Greg Wilson told employees
to “please refrain from tweeting out our content from either
section accounts or your own accounts until further notice.”

A source within the network who wished to remain anonymous told
Business Insider that the email was sent to the entire digital
team, which consists of approximately 140 people.

The news comes after it emerged on Friday that Fox News
reportedly made the “conscious decision” to refrain from tweeting
from its official Twitter account as a silent protest against
rowdy demonstrations by the anti-fascist group “Smash Racism DC”
that erupted at Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s home on Wednesday.

Carlson, who was at work at the time, claimed that his wife was
home when a protester allegedly threw “himself against the front
door and actually cracked the front door,” according to The Washington Post. Police
reportedly
confirmed
that members of the group also spray-painted an
anarchy symbol on the driveway, and left signs on vehicles.

A Fox News source cited by a Tribune Media content manager Scott
Gustin reportedly said
the decision not to tweet following the demonstrations came from
“the highest level” of the company.

The hiatus is said to be a protest of Twitter’s response to
complaints that users were posting Carlson’s home address online.
Twitter’s technical support function is believed to have advised
the news organization to submit a ticket request and did not
delete tweets containing Carlson’s
address, Gustin
said
.

Facebook, which Fox News continues to publish stories from,
reportedly responded promptly after being alerted.

David Choi contributed to this report.

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