On Wednesday, Twitter announced that it would ban all political ads on the platform next month, a move by President Donald Trump & # 39; s re-election campaign calling "a very stupid decision."
Twitter's move to ban all political ads comes after weeks of lawmakers criticizing Facebook for its own policy that politicians ignore ads. The Joe Biden campaign in 2020 was the first to question the policy and write letters to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube demanding that they ban advertisements containing false or misleading information. Those letters were prompted by false advertisements from the Trump campaign.
In his statement, Trump & # 39; s campaign leader Brad Parscale claimed that the new ban on Twitter's political ads could hurt more than Democrats, referring to the party's unfounded theory that conservative speech is more censored on social media.
"Twitter just ran away from hundreds of millions of dollars in potential income, a very stupid decision for their shareholders," Parscale said in a statement. "Will Twitter also stop ads from biased liberal media that will now work uncontrolled if they buy obvious political content that is meant to attack Republicans? This is another attempt to silence conservatives, as Twitter knows that President Trump has known the most advanced online program ever. "
Twitter & # 39; s actual revenue from campaign ads considerably smaller than the Parscale figure, making it less than $ 1 million in recent cycles.
Democrats were very much in favor of Twitter's decision and even urged Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg to follow this example.
"Mark Zuckerberg said he doesn't want to have the responsibility to block fake political ads," said Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in a tweet. "If that is really the case, and not a desperate attempt to appease the extreme right, Facebook should follow the leadership of Twitter and no longer be allowed to place political ads on its site."