Twitter will no longer run political ads, CEO Jack Dorsey announced on Wednesday, a move that comes as fellow social media giant Facebook faces rising heat over its policy of allowing candidates to lie in their campaign messaging.
“We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought,” Dorsey said in a series of tweets. “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions.”
Twitter is removing itself from the contentious tangle embroiling Facebook as U.S. political campaigns prepare to spend vast sums of money on online advertising around the 2020 elections. The new policy applies worldwide, not just in the U.S., and to issue ads as well as ads run by specific political campaigns.
Twitters ban, per the company, will go into effect Nov. 22, with details on the policy to be released Nov. 15.
Facebook has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks for allowing President Donald Trumps reelection campaign and its supporters to run advertisements on the platform that assert, without evidence, a corrupt relationship between former Vice President Joseph Biden and the government of Ukraine.
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