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PostPosted: October 30 19, 3:00 pm 
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Twitter Will Ban All Political Ads, C.E.O. Dorsey Says
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Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, said on Wednesday that the social media service would ban political ads on its platform, in a stark contrast to rival Facebook, which has faced blowback for taking a hands-off approach to political advertising.

Mr. Dorsey announced the decision on Twitter, saying he believed that the reach of political messages “should be earned, not bought.” He said online political ads present challenges to civic discourse, including manipulated videos and the viral spread of misleading information “all at increasing velocity, sophistication, and overwhelming scale.” He added that he worried that political advertising on the internet “has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle.”

Twitter has long allowed political ads, though it began taking steps more recently to curtail them. After the 2016 American presidential election, the company began requiring advertisers to verify their identities and it published a database of political ads that ran on its service. More recently, it banned ads from state-backed media outlets after it traced misinformation about the protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city of Hong Kong to state-backed media outlets in China.

The move is likely to pressure Facebook, which has lately faced heat for allowing politicians to run any claims — even false ones — in political ads on the social network. Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, has taken a stand on political advertising in recent weeks, saying that he would not police politicians’ ads even if they lied in them. He said that was because Facebook had been founded to give people a voice and because the social network stood for free expression. Politicians’ ads, he said, were newsworthy and added to public discourse.


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PostPosted: November 24 19, 1:47 pm 
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Political ads aren't the problem.


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PostPosted: November 24 19, 2:58 pm 
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Eh, that tweet is just purity posturing. No more political ads on Twitter is a good thing. It's a step in the right direction.


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PostPosted: November 24 19, 7:51 pm 
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33anda3rd wrote:
Eh, that tweet is just purity posturing. No more political ads on Twitter is a good thing. It's a step in the right direction.

Weird, the political ads bad is purity posturing. Twitter understands how misinformation is spread on social media, and it's not [expletive] political ads. But @Jack can and will use his little ban as a shield for future criticism, which of course nobody will actually take seriously.


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