Twitter says it will ban political ads on the platform. Facebook says its stance on not fact-checking political ads will remain unchanged.
Twitter Sweet Symphony: On Wednesday, Twitter was awash with a tweet burst by the company's CEO, Jack Dorsey, when he announced that the platform will stop accepting political advertising globally. Twitter
In his long tweet thread, Dorsey said "A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet. Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people. We believe this decision should not be compromised by money."
Are You On Your Mark?: Dorsey's announcement comes amidst intense scrutiny of Silicon Valley's treatment of falsehoods and fake news. Recently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was taken to task by a US Congressional Committee over his refusal to fact-check political ads on the platform. Committee members said this would proliferate lies and mislead voters, but Zuckerberg argued that a fact-checking process would be open to bias, violate free speech rights, and deny voters the chance to judge for themselves the validity of a politician's claims. Guardian
Twitter's decision now puts the ball in Facebook's court. Zuckerberg reacted to the news by reiterating his company's stance on the matter. He said, "In a democracy, I don't think it's right for private companies to censor politicians or the news," before adding that Facebook would "continue" to evaluate whether it is beneficial to permit political ads. CNN Business
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