Twitter recently anonunced that it will no longer accept RT and Sputnik news ads because Russian interfee in US elections and Russian bots issue...
"Twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective immediately," the company wrote in a statement posted on its blog.
"This decision was based on the retrospective work we've been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government."
First thing that twitter didn't say is fact that Twitter is one who first send offer to RT before elections in 2016 and they offered this service for 1.5 bil$ thus some aditional options for more 1.7bil$ ,for exmple they offered customized emoji and hashtags ...etc.RT is not some Russian bot,it is legal news agency as well as Sputnik and baning them from buying ads is very scary thing,also even before this Twitter has brake own privavy policy when they publish private information about RT spending on ads....,today facebook also anonunced that they will put more transparency in their advertising policy...which probably mean they will behave same as twitter.Now seems that Twitter and facebook are becoming US government edited platforms and considering that google is already censoring and filtering ads and even organic results seems users will read news only acceptable for US government.
Tonight on CNN there was discussion about this and ofcourse they support social media regulations even that against with whole thing why social media exist and are popular and that is because no one want to look and read sheet provided by outlets like CNN,BBC and other main stream media.....We will soon need new independent search engine and social platform registered outside of US and hosted on non US servers ......
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RT directed reporters to a lengthy statement published on its website in which it said it "never violated any rules while advertising on Twitter" and "has never spread any sort of deliberate misinformation."
Sputnik told Business Insider in a statement that it "has never used paid for promotion on Twitter."
"Sputnik news channels are followed by people who are tired of the mainstream and who are looking for an alternative perspective on the news," its press office wrote. Sputnik said on its website that "Twitter has so far refused to provide" the news agency with more details about the ban.
RT said last month that the US Department of Justice had asked it to register as a foreign agent, and Yahoo reported around the same time that the FBI had interviewed a former Sputnik reporter as part of an investigation into whether the company was violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Twitter's representatives are set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week, along with representatives from Facebook and Google, about how Russia exploited the platform to spread disinformation and propaganda during the 2016 election.
The committee's vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, said earlier this month that the committee's first interview with Twitter representatives was "deeply disappointing" and "frankly inadequate."
Twitter on Thursday said RT and Sputnik's implementation of "state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt" the election "is not something we want on Twitter."
Sputnik and RT will still be able to keep their organic accounts, according to the statement.
The announcement could be an effort to preempt legislation introduced last week by Warner and Sen. Amy Klobuchar that aims to make purchasing political advertisements more transparent — and more difficult for foreign entities.