The Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, Jack Dorsey disclosed on Wednesday that the platform proposes the ban of all political ads globally which should take effect on the 22nd of November, 2019.
The reason for such a proposition is to foster fair credibility as votes were to be earned and not bought.
He noted that this change may pose a threat to political campaigns owing to the fact that internet advertising is the most powerful tool ever for commercial advertisements.
He further added that a full policy on this would be released on the 15th of November, 2019
Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign earlier this month sent out letters to Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube asking them to disapprove of the run of flawed and deceptive political ads.
Twitter’s social media rival, Facebook recently ruled out a ban on political ads. Facebook’s public policy director for global elections, Katie Harbath stated that this approach was based on the fundamental belief in free expression, respect for democracy and in the belief that political speech was, without doubt, the most scrutinized speech ever.
She further stated that Facebook would not involve third-party fact-checkers to investigate any political speech or ads placed on its platform.
Twitter disclosed earlier this summer that it would gray out tweets from public figures like Trump that violated its rules and restricts user’s abilities to share them but is yet to implement this on any tweet thus far.
Facebook doubled-down on its policy to allow candidates to boost misinformation in a briefing with the USA today. Further stating that it would not become the gatekeeper of truth on candidate ads,”
“This isn’t about free expression,” Jack Dorsey said. “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.”