Capitol Hill legislators welcome Twitter's decision to ban political ads from its platform from November and see it as a welcome contrast to Facebook & # 39; s hands-off approach to misleading ads.
In a statement, Bill Russo, deputy communications director for the Biden campaign, thanked Twitter, saying: "We appreciate that Twitter recognizes that they should not allow unproven smears, such as those from the Trump campaign, in advertisements on their platform appear. "
Russo continues: “It would be a shame to suggest that the only option that social media companies have to do this is to completely withdraw political ads, but when faced with a choice between ad dollars and the integrity of our democracy, encouraging that, for once the proceeds did not win. "
Earlier this month, the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign sent letters to Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube demanding that they ban misleading political ads from their platforms. Biden had become the subject of advertisements placed by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and made unfounded claims about the relationship between the Biden family and the Ukrainian government. Initially, all three companies rejected the idea of banning fake political advertisements. Now Twitter prohibits them all, true or false.
The best democrat in the Senate Commission – who has spent much of Trump's presidency investigating Russia & # 39; s use of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to interfere in the US election – suggested that Dorsey's decision was encouraging. "For the future and again, I hope that Zuckerberg and others may get some guidance from what Dorsey and Twitter have done," Warner told NBC News.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who last week during a hearing on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, talked about the company's unwillingness to check politics-placed ads, called the step & # 39; a good conversation & # 39 ;
"Technology – and especially social media – has a strong responsibility in maintaining the integrity of our elections," Ocasio-Cortez continued. "Not allowing paid disinformation is one of the most basic, ethical decisions a company can make."
Twitter's announcement came just a few hours before Facebook planned its quarterly earnings interview with investors. During the phone call, Zuckerberg did not withdraw from his company's policies and said, "I don't think it's good for private companies to censor politicians or the news. Ads can be an important part of the vote, especially for candidates and organizations that might not otherwise deal with the media. It is difficult to find where the line should be drawn. "