Twitter’s plan to ban all political advertising risks muzzling climate activists while giving polluters free rein to promote themselves, the US presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has said.
“Twitter’s new ad policy will allow fossil fuel companies to buy ads defending themselves and spreading misleading info,” she tweeted, linking to an environmental newsletter, “but won’t allow organisations fighting the climate crisis to buy ads holding those companies accountable.”
The announcement by Twitter was generally well received by critics of the state of online political advertising.
The company’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, had taken a sideswipe at Facebook, tweeting:“It‘s not credible for us to say, ‘We’re working hard to stop people from gaming our systems to spread misleading info, but if someone pays us to target and force people to see their political ad … well … they can say whatever they want’.”
But a follow-up from Twitter’s general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, revealed the company was considering extending the ban beyond political advertising to “issue ads”.Gadde said
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