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Twitter announces ban on political ads

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Published on October 30, 2019 - Duration: 02:30s

Twitter announces ban on political ads

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey announced Wednesday the social network has decided to "stop all political advertising on Twitter globally." Conway G.

Gittens has the details.

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Twitter announces ban on political ads

Facebook has refused to ban or even fact check political ads... But Twitter on Wednesday - in a stunning move - said it would go another way… banning all political ads from its platform.

Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey tweeting: "We've made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally.

We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought." Dorsey's announcement stands in stark contrast to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's very public position that Facebook won't police political advertising…saying it's better to err on the side of greater expression..

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) FACEBOOK CEO MARK ZUCKERBERG, (OCTOBER 17, 2019) SAYING: "Would we ban ads about healthcare or immigration, or women's empowerment?

And if you are not going to ban those, does it really make sense to give everyone else a voice in political debates except for the candidates themselves?" But his position was quickly challenged by critics, including Rep.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): REPRESENTATIVE ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D)- NEW YORK (OCTOBER 23, 2019) SAYING: "Could I run ads targeting Republicans in primaries saying that they voted for the Green New Deal?" SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) FACEBOOK CEO MARK ZUCKERBERG, SAYING: "Sorry, can you repeat that?" SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): REPRESENTATIVE ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D)- NEW YORK, SAYING: "Would I be able to run advertisements on Facebook targeting Republicans and primaries saying that they voted for the Green New Deal?

I mean, if you're not fact checking political advertisements, I'm just trying to understand the bounds here.

What's fair game?

" SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) FACEBOOK CEO MARK ZUCKERBERG, SAYING: "I don't know the answer to that off the top of my head." Following the confrontation, a left-leaning Political Action Committee called The Really Online Lefty League set out to test Facebook's political ad policies… posting an ad over the weekend that falsely claimed that U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham supported the Green New Deal.

Facebook took down the ad, demonstrating that it will fact-check ads from political groups but not politicians.

Twitter is deciding it will no longer navigate that mine field and in a series of tweets, Dorsey took a swipe at Zuckerberg.

"It's not credible for us to say: 'We're working hard to stop people from gaming our systems to spread misleading info, but if someone pays us to target and force people to see their political ad...well...they can say whatever they want!" The ban goes into effect on November 22.

Twitter's stock fell on the announcement.

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