Few days earlier, it was revealed that Facebook played a major role in spreading fake propaganda during last US presidential election as promoter might have bought more than $100,000 worth of ads in the social network targeted towards promoting hate speech. In recent months, Google has also became victim of such ads over YouTube. If you have followed the development in recent months, then you wouldn’t be surprised that Twitter is also facing similar hate speech related problems.
Over the years, Twitter has proven to be more problematic for hate speech and a latest report from The Daily Beast has pointed out the ongoing problem. According to the latest report, its staffs were successful in launching advertising campaigns on the microblogging platform with different offensive words targeted towards particular audiences. After it was revealed that ads can be successfully launched, Daily Beast had removed different ads.
However, Twitter’s advertising policy directly state that advertisements containing offensive words or categories cannot be run on the platform and it has been the policy of the company for several years. Most importantly, the microblogging platform directly states that the advertisers are solely responsible for running their own advertising campaigns. While racial and ethnic categories cannot be included in the advertisements, hate speech wasn’t mentioned. However, as The Daily Beast was able to run the advertisements for a short period of time, it shouldn’t be taken as confirmation. Despite that, chances are Twitter might have played as big of a role as Facebook to promote hate speech and similar propaganda during the presidential election.
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