SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (10-30-19) — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey shocked the political world today announcing that the social media giant will no longer allow political ads on its platform.
In a Tweet storm posted on Wednesday afternoon, CEO Dorsey spelled out the rationale behind his company’s decision.
Campaign Ads, Super Pac Ads Blocked from Twitter
“We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally,” Dorsey wrote. “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought.”
The Twitter CEO took to Twitter again to post…“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. It’s worth stepping back in order to address.”
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
Dorsey’s move comes days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled before the House Financial Services committee about political advertising on that platform. Highlighting the fact that Facebook was allowing fake news producers to by ads to mislead voters.
Will other platforms follow suit?
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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