Twitter to BAN All Political Adverts Worldwide

25

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, announced on Wednesday that the site would ban all political adverts worldwide from 22nd November this year.

Dorsey announced in a series of tweets why Twitter was banning political adverts, saying that the site believes political message reach “should be earned, not bought”:

READ MORE: British Police to Use Twitter to Predict Hate Crimes

Many were shocked by the decision, criticising Twitter for what some see as an attempt to silence the voices of conservatives, with others pointing out that what “political adverts” constitutes is very unclear:

Those voices included President Trump’s campaign team. Brad Parscale, the President’s campaign manager for the 2020 election, released a statement online, noting that they “would not be surprised if Twitter lifted the ban after 2020”:

Twitter just walked away from hundreds of millions of dollars of potential revenue, a very dumb decision for their stockholders. Will Twitter also be stopping ads from biased liberal media outlets who will now run unchecked as they buy obvious political content meant to attack Republicans? This is yet another attempt to silence conservatives, since Twitter knows President Trump has the most sophisticated online program ever known.

READ MORE: Twitter Gears Up for Meme Ban Ahead of 2020

Twitter’s decision to ban political adverts is in stark contrast to the recent announcement from Facebook that they would not “fact-check” adverts from political candidates, a decision that some of their employees complained about in an open letter. The employees claimed that “free speech and paid speech are not the same thing” and that not “fact-checking” candidates “allows politicians to weaponize our platform by targeting people who believe that content posted by political figures is trustworthy.”

READ MORE: Facebook: “We Do Not” Have an Anti-Conservative Bias

A spokesman for Facebook defended their policy:

Facebook’s culture is built on openness so we appreciate our employees voicing their thoughts on this important topic. We remain committed to not censoring political speech, and will continue exploring additional steps we can take to bring increased transparency to political ads.