Facebook became center of discussions few weeks earlier as it was revealed that several Russian backed accounts might have played roles in the outcome of the latest US presidential election. Understandably, Twitter also received the pressure to become more transparent regarding its advertising policies. And now, Twitter has announced that the company has made a policy decision to ban two major Russian media agencies from advertising on the platform.
The official statement released by the microblogging platform said, “Twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective immediately. This decision was based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government.
Following the decision to remove the agency from advertising on the platform, Russia Today claimed that the company didn’t violate any of the advertising guidelines or intentionally spread misinformation during the presidential election. The company went on to announce that it will continue to work with other social media networks in the coming days.
Despite the latest ban from advertising, the social network didn’t cancel both companies’ corresponding accounts. While they will continue to use the platform as usual, they are likely to come under public scrutiny in the coming months.
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