Twitter prohibits all political ads from November 22, according to tweets from the company's CEO, Jack Dorsey on Wednesday.
The company's decision comes after weeks of Facebook stumbling over the same problem. Earlier this month, the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign wrote letters to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube asking them to refuse to post false or misleading political advertisements. The Biden campaign had become the target of a series of advertisements from President Donald Trump's re-election campaign that made unfounded claims about the Biden family's relationship with the Ukrainian government.
"This is not about free speech," said Dorsey. “This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speeches has important consequences that today's democratic infrastructure may not be prepared for. "
We have decided to stop all political ads on Twitter worldwide. We believe that political reach must be earned, not purchased. Why? Some reasons …
– jacket (@jack) October 30, 2019
In a reply letter obtained by The edge at the time Facebook said it would not be fact checks of politicians in advertisements placed on the platform.
"Our approach is based on Facebook's fundamental belief in free speech, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is arguably the most researched speech there is," Katie Harbath, Facebook policy director for global elections, said earlier this month. "So when a politician speaks or does an advertisement, we don't send it to external auditors."
Twitter has drawn up a number of policy measures to prevent politicians from making false statements on its platform, but has yet to use them. Earlier this summer, Twitter said it would turn public characters 'tweets gray like Trump to break its rules and limit users' ability to share them, but has not yet implemented it on tweets.
In a USA today open on Tuesdays, Facebook has doubled its policy to allow candidates to encourage misinformation. "We should not become the gatekeeper of the truth on candidates' advertisements," wrote Harbath and Nell McCarthy, Facebook's policy director.
The development of …