Twitter is banning all political advertising from November 22, according to a tweet from the company’s CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign wrote to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube asking them to refuse to spread false or misleading political advertising. Biden’s campaign has become a series of announcements published by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, which impose unfounded demands on the Biden family’s relationship with the Ukrainian government.
“It’s not about freedom of expression,” Dorsey said. “This is to pay the price. The cost of broadening the scope of political discourse can have a significant impact that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be ready to face.”
We’ve decided to stop all political advertising on Twitter. We believe in gaining political information, not buying. There are several reasons…
— Jack (@jack)
In the response letter received by Edge at that time, Facebook said it would not be a fact-finding request made by politicians in advertising placed on the platform.
“Our approach is based on Facebook’s basic belief in freedom of expression, respect for democratic processes, and the belief that political discourse is possibly the strictest in mature democracies with press freedom,” Facebook’s Director of Global Public Policy Katie Habbas told earlier this month. “Therefore, when a politician speaks or announces, we will not send him to a third-party event inspector.”
Twitter has some policies to prevent politicians from making false statements on their platforms, but has not yet used them. Earlier this summer, Twitter said it would green tweets from public figures like Trump, which violate his rules and limit users’ ability to share them, but have not implemented it in any tweets so far.
In today’s American op-ed Tuesday, Facebook doubled its policy, allowing candidates to provide false information. “We should not be goalkeepers for the truth of advertising candidates,” wrote Habbas and Nair McCarthy, director of policy management at Facebook.