On Wednesday, Twitter announced it would ban all political ads on the platform from next month, foreign media outlet The Verge reported. U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign called the move “a very stupid decision.”
For weeks, U.S. lawmakers have denounced Facebook’s policy of allowing politicians to publish fake political ads, and now Twitter has announced a ban on all political ads. Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign has questioned the policy for the first time, writing to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube asking them to ban ads that contain false or misleading information. The letters were prompted by false ads placed by the Trump campaign.
Brad Parscale, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, said in a statement that Twitter’s new ban on political advertising hurts Republicans more than Democrats, back to the Party’s baseless theory that conservative rhetoric is under more scrutiny on social media. “
“Twitter has just moved away from hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue, which is a very stupid decision for their shareholders,” Pascal said in a statement. “Will Twitter also block ads from biased liberal media that now run without restrictions on buying political content that is clearly designed to attack the Republican Party?” It’s another attempt to silence conservatives, as Twitter knows that President Trump has the most complex online project ever. “
Twitter’s campaign ad revenue is much lower than Pascal’s, which was less than $1 million in the most recent cycle.
Democrats generally supported Twitter’s decision and even urged Facebook and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to follow suit.
“Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn’t want to take responsibility for blocking fake political ads,” Senator Ron Wyden tweeted. “If that is the case, rather than an attempt to placate the far right, Facebook should follow Twitter’s lead and stop running political ads on its website altogether.” “