Twitter to Drop ALL Political Ads Globally Beginning Nov. 22

Twitter to Drop ALL Political Ads Globally Beginning Nov. 22

In a series of tweets, twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced it will no longer run political ads. Hillary Clinton immediately responded calling it “the right thing to do for democracy in America and all over the world” whereas President Donald Trump’s campaign said it is “yet another attempt to silence conservatives.”

Dorsey’s first tweet out of eleven, read: “We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…”

In the twitter ramble, Dorsey added that twitter will “focus our efforts on the root problems, without the additional burden and complexity taking money brings. Trying to fix both means fixing neither well, and harms our credibility.” He goes on…”For instance, it’s not credible for us to say: ‘We’re working hard to stop people from gaming our systems to spread misleading info, buuut if someone pays us to target and force people to see their political ad…well…they can say whatever they want!”

The eleventh and final tweet reads: “A final note. This isn’t about free expression. This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle. It’s worth stepping back in order to address.” Clinton was not the only public supporter; some Hollywood liberals joined in on the praise including activist actress Alyssa Milano who tweeted “Super proud of you.”

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