Gary Lineker has been reinstated as host of Match of the Day after being taken off air for a tweet comparing the language used to launch a new Government asylum seeker policy to that of 1930s Germany.
Why it matters
The story is significant because it highlights the issue of impartiality in the media and the role of social media in public discourse. It also raises questions about the responsibility of social media platforms to tackle online abuse.
What the papers say
The Independent, Sky News, The Telegraph and The Mirror all reported on the story. The Independent and The Telegraph focused on Lineker's challenge to Twitter and Elon Musk over a death threat sent to his son, while Sky News and The Mirror reported on Lineker's reinstatement as host of Match of the Day. The sources differ in their tone, with The Independent and The Telegraph taking a more critical stance towards the BBC and social media platforms, while Sky News and The Mirror provide a more neutral account of the events.
How we got here
The story began when Lineker was taken off air for a tweet comparing the language used to launch a new Government asylum seeker policy to that of 1930s Germany. This sparked a row over impartiality in the media, with Lineker's fellow pundits and BBC presenters and reporters walking out in solidarity with him. Lineker was later reinstated as host of Match of the Day, but he also faced online abuse, including a death threat sent to his son, which he challenged Twitter and Elon Musk over.
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