On Thursday morning (29 October), the corporation announced that its employees will be told not to âexpress a personal opinion on matters of public policy, politics, or controversial subjectsâ on their online platforms.
The announcement follows new director general Tim Davie's pledge last month to impose new social media rules.
Taking to Twitter to make fun of the new rules, BBC News at Ten presenter Edwards, who is Welsh, tweeted a total of 16 emojis of the Flag of Wales alongside the words: âThe BBC's new social media guidance says that the âuse of emojis can â accidentally, or deliberately â undercut an otherwise impartial postâ.â
Edwardsâ followers were delighted. âTweet of the day,â wrote one person. âAbsolute legend,â added another.
🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴 The BBC's new social media guidance says that the "use of emojis can – accidentally, or deliberately – undercut an otherwise impartial post" 🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴🏴
— Huw Edwards (@huwbbc) October 29, 2020
Last year, Edwards defended himself against accusations of political bias after he liked a tweet saying: âVote Labour for the National Health Service.â
He was criticised by Conservative candidate David Davis for endorsing the partyâs post, in light of the BBCâs strict impartiality guidelines.
Edwards later addressed the allegations, insisting he had not seen the âvote Labourâ message at the end.
But he said he would ânever apologiseâ for supporting the NHS.