It appears Twitter wants NOTHING to do with the 2020 elections!
According to a tweet by CEO Jack Dorsey, Twitter will ban all political ads globally starting November 22nd.
“Some might argue our actions today could favor incumbents. But we have witnessed many social movements reach massive scale without any political advertising.”
There are some exceptions like the encouragement of voter registration but as far as any type of political ads or issue ads, it won’t be allowed.
Here’s what he tweeted:
We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…🧵
— jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) October 30, 2019
A few weeks back, Facebook was dealing with the same issue. Joe Biden’s campaign staffers wrote letters to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube asking them to refuse to run false or misleading political ads.
According to the Biden campaign, President Trump’s reelection campaign placed ads that made baseless claims about Biden family relationships with the Ukrainian government.
And, according to a letter response by The Verge, Facebook said it would NOT be fact-checking political claims in ads.
Facebook’s public policy director, Katie Harbath said:
“Our approach is grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is. Thus, when a politician speaks or makes an ad, we do not send it to third-party fact-checkers.”
Over the summer, Twitter said it would gray out tweets from public figures who violated its rules and implement tougher user restrictions by hindering the account holder’s ability to share content.
According to reports, Facebook’s director of policy stated they would continue to allow candidates to boost misinformation saying,
“We shouldn’t become the gatekeeper of truth on candidate ads.”
Dorsey backed her up saying,
“This isn’t about free expression. This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle.”
Here’s what President Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted about the ban:
Twitter bans political ads in yet another attempt by the left to silence Trump and conservatives. Wouldn’t be surprised if @twitter lifted the ban after 2020.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) October 30, 2019
The full policy will be released to the public on November 15th.
What do you think about Twitter banning all political ads?
Righteous move or are they trying to silence Conservatives?
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