Nov 1, 2019

Podcast: Twitter pokes Facebook with political ad ban

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Twitter plans to purge inactive accounts

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Twitter is warning its inactive users — those who haven't logged on in over six months — that their accounts will be deleted unless they sign in by Dec. 11, The Verge first reported Tuesday.

Why it matters, via Axios' Ina Fried: By deleting accounts, Twitter could hurt its overall metrics as well as the follower counts of individual users. Dormant user names could also become available to people who want to make more frequent use of the service.

Go deeperArrowNov 27, 2019

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.

Go deeperArrowNov 21, 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.

Go deeperArrowNov 6, 2019