Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Announces Social Media Giant Stopping All Political Ads

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Announces Social Media Giant Stopping All Political Ads

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Announces Social Media Giant Stopping All Political Ads

Twitter (TWTR) will stop accepting political ads, the company's CEO, Jack Dorsey, announced Wednesday.

The Twitter co-founder also seemed to throw shade at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg - who defended his social network's decision to allow political advertising, even if the ads contain dubious or false claims, under withering questioning in the House of Representatives last week. "We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought", Dorsey wrote in a thread on Thursday.

The policy will come into effect on November 22, just weeks before the United Kingdom goes to the polls in a general election on December 12.

The move sets Twitter in stark contrast to Facebook, which has received criticism from lawmakers and its own employees in recent weeks over its policy to neither fact check nor remove political ads placed by politicians.

"We're well aware we're a small part of a much larger political advertising ecosystem. We believe this decision should not be compromised by money".

The company had recently said it would no longer fact-check political ads, essentially giving the green light to political misinformation.

Facebook has been criticized for allowing deceptive political ads.

First published at 1:12 p.m. PT on October 30.

"This isn't about free expression". This is is about paying for reach.

"It's worth stepping back in order to address", he concluded.

The CEO says Twitter will share the final new ad policy by November 15.

He said that as Twitter fights these challenges, it will lose all credibility if, at the same time, it's letting political forces pay them to target people to see their political ad.

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