Twitter to ban political advertising globally, CEO Dorsey says


Twitter is halting all political advertisements across its social media platform starting late next month, founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced Wednesday.

Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages.

"For instance, it's not credible for us to say: "We're working hard to stop people from gaming our systems to spread misleading info, buuut if someone pays us to target and force people to see their political ad...well.they can say whatever they want!" We believe this decision should not be compromised by money", he added.

The move by Twitter comes amid the position taken by Facebook, which has defended its decision to not ban political ads that include false claims.

Twitter had previously implemented rules and restrictions for political advertising.

Some exceptions will be allowed, including ads in support of voter registration. "All at increasing velocity, sophistication, and overwhelming scale".

Twitter, a favorite platform of President Trump, updated its policies in June to say it would label - but not remove - tweets from government officials that broke its bullying and harassment rules. This is is about paying for reach.

However, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg struggled to address the inherent problems with the policy raised by lawmakers during his congressional hearing last week.

Facebook workers posted an open letter with 250 signatures to the company's internal message board urging Facebook to hold political ads to the same standards as other ads, including being fact-checked.