Twitter Banned Ads from Russian Media

Twitter just booted Russian media ads offline

In its latest quarterly report, Twitter said that since 2014 it has double-counted users running some third-party apps.

A person familiar with the matter said Twitter's conversations with Russia Today had been part of the industry standard of pitching any potential advertiser.

The San Francisco-based milliblogging giant said Thursday it would stop taking ads from two major Russian state-backed media outlets, Russia Today and Sputnik, effective immediately.

"This decision was based on the retrospective work we've been doing around the 2016 USA election", Twitter said in a blog post Thursday.

We're donating all projected earnings ($1.9 mm) to support external research into the use of Twitter in elections, including use of malicious automation and misinformation.

Twitter, along with Facebook and Google, testified earlier this month before Congress as part of the USA investigations of Moscow for purported electoral interference.

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She added that "retaliatory measures will naturally follow", a message echoed by RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan.

"The main idea pitched by Twitter to RT was "to take a stand". "We will have more details to share on this disbursement soon", it said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry made a similar threat after Twitter's announcement. She called the move a "result of pressure from some of the USA establishment and security services".

On Twitter, advertising largely consists of the platform promoting a user's tweets in exchange for money. "This matter has not been taken to court and there has been no trial". If you want, it can be perceived as an action of solidarity with RT and Sputnik...

"And it would be much better to invest in teaching audiences in using information properly, to check information and be skeptical about sources of information". Specifically, Twitter admitted that it sold ads for accounts connected to RT, which it acknowledged has strong links to the Russian government.

"It's a little vague what the rules are", he said.

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