Nov 6, 2019

Elizabeth Warren criticizes Twitter's political advertising ban

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is bashing Twitter's upcoming ban on political advertising — and climate change is part of her thinking.

The big picture: This isn't the first time that the White House hopeful has raised the issue of political ads on social media platforms.

  • Last month, her campaign ran a false ad on Facebook that accused the social media platform of endorsing President Trump in the 2020 election to highlight Facebook's policy of not fact-checking political ads.

What she's saying: "Twitter's new ad policy will allow fossil fuel companies to buy ads defending themselves and spreading misleading info — but won't allow organizations fighting the climate crisis to buy ads holding those companies accountable. We need accountability," the Democratic White House hopeful tweeted Tuesday.

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey replied to Warren that he would "take this into consideration."

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Rivals distance themselves from Facebook on political ads

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Google, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat all made new announcements this week adjusting their political ad policies, placing themselves on a broad spectrum from anything goes to a near-total ban.

Why it matters: Many social media companies are using the ongoing political ad debate to distance themselves from Facebook, which has received the most criticism for its policies. Facebook's rules are the least restrictive amongst the group, because the tech giant believes that the government should regulate political ads, not private companies.

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Google changes to political ad policy to limit targeting

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Google announced Wednesday it is making changes to its political ads policy to restrict audience targeting for verified political advertisers globally. It's also expanding the scope of its U.S. political ads policy and clarifying its existing rules on misleading content and political ads.

Why it matters: The announcement comes a few weeks after Twitter announced it would be banning political ads. Facebook VP of Marketing Solutions Carolyn Everson told Axios Monday that the company is still considering changes to its ads policy and nothing, including changes to ads targeting, is off the table.

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Twitter refines political ad rules

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Twitter announced updates to its new political ad ban on Friday, clarifying how it will define political ads and what exceptions exist for certain advertisers.

Why it matters: The new details include bans on specific advertising micro-targeting, which is something that industry leaders and regulators have been calling for in light of research and reporting showing how micro-targeting can be abused to spur misinformation.

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