Twitter to stop running all political advertising: CEO

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5, 2018, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testify during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms.

Twitter is banning all political advertising. But the change doesn't affect what users can tweet and share on their own, meaning it may not have much impact on widely followed accounts including President Trump, whose tweets already reach more than 66 million users each day.

Dorsey said he knew some may argue that Twitter's decision could favour incumbents, he also believed social movements can grow without political advertising.

"We're well aware we're a small part of a much larger political advertising ecosystem".

The ban on political ads takes effect November 22, with a few exceptions, such as ads that encouraging voter registration.




"We considered stopping only candidate ads, but issue ads present a way to circumvent", he said. "This is about paying for reach", he wrote.

In a tweet on Wednesday, the Chief Executive Officer of the platform, Jack Dorsey, said that the decision was made not to check the increasing velocity, sophistication and overwhelming scale of deep fakes.

"It's worth stepping back in order to address", he concluded.

"Our policy is that we do not fact-check politicians' speech, and the reason for that is that we believe that in a democracy, it is important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying", Zuckerberg told a U.S. House committee last week. You can read the full 11-post tweetstorm here.

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