A viral campaign calling out the BBC for alleged media bias and a lack of impartiality whipped up a huge Twitterstorm as citizens recounted examples of the state broadcaster’s prejudice under the hashtag #BBCswitchoff.
The campaign, organised to highlight the publicly funded broadcaster’s perceived bias against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, began at 6pm to coincide with the TV station’s news program.
Time, to call time on the #BBC.
In light of the last successful twitter storm; let’s apply that people power to boycotting the bias #BBC this Thursday.
August 9th from 6pm
Switch off, retweet -#BBCswitchoff
and share stories of BBC Bias
Spread the word this #SocialistSunday pic.twitter.com/5N6rMBfItQ
— Malcolm Tucker #BBCswitchoff (@_MalcolmTucker_) August 4, 2018
How does that feel @BBCNews? 13 million active twitter users, you can barely scrape 5 million for your flagship 'news' program the News at 10. We are still trending number 1 and we reached no 4 GLOBALLY. That's a reach of 330 million twitter users.
Tatty bye! ?#BBCswitchoff pic.twitter.com/Z2E2HVGw75
— RedRobin ? #JC9 (@BlogRedRobin) August 9, 2018
Thousands joined in on the protest, catapulting #BBCswitchoff to the top trending hashtag across the UK Thursday evening.
British citizens used the opportunity to voice their frustration with BBC editorial decisions, laying down accusations of bias against the broadcaster on a number of topics, including its coverage of Corbyn, the NHS, the Yemen civil war, and the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.'
Read more: ‘Sick of media lies’: Thousands protest state broadcaster bias in #BBCswitchoff