Twitter bans ads from Russian media outlets

28 October, 2017, 01:18 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • US senator Mark Warner slammed Twitter for not doing enough to restrict suspicious Russian activity on its network

While RT and Sputnik are banned immediately from advertising, they will be able to continue to keep their Twitter accounts as long as they continue to follow Twitter's rules.

Twitter said on Thursday that it had made a decision to ban ads from RT and Sputnik, a Kremlin-backed news agency, based on its own internal investigation and on the US intelligence community's assertion that the outlets tried to interfere in the election.

"We did not take this decision lightly, and we take this step as part of our ongoing commitment to protecting the integrity of the Twitter experience", wrote the social network in a blog post, "the accusations against Russian media directly funded by the Kremlin came within the framework of an official United States investigation into possible Russian intervention in last year's vote, in which was elected by current President Donald Trump". In its latest quarterly report, Twitter said that since 2014 it has double-counted users running some third-party apps.

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USA intelligence community that named RT and Sputnik as contributors to the "influence campaign by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and global audiences".

Twitter is banning advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today and Sputnik effective immediately, after USA investigators concluded the Russian media companies attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. "It is especially unfortunate that the american media in Russian Federation, now, are likely to feel the softness of the retaliatory measures of Russian Federation".

Twitter has effectively banned two Russian media organisations from advertising on the platform because of election meddling.

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"I never thought that Twitter is under the control of the US security services - it seemed like a conspiracy theory. But now Twitter appears to have admitted it", Simonyan told RIA Novosti, via RT. "It is particularly regrettable that now USA media operating in Russia will feel the tender response of the Russian authorities".

On Twitter, advertising largely consists of the platform promoting a user's tweets in exchange for money.

RT has also been involved in a back-and-forth with the Justice Department, over whether it should register its American arm under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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It also said it will donate the estimated $1.9m it had earned from RT since 2011 to "support external research into the use of Twitter in civil engagement and elections, including use of malicious automation and misinformation".

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