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Twitter Bans RT, Sputnik Ads “For Attempting To Interfere With The US Election”


Originally appeared at Zero Hedge

In a blog post this morning, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey explains why the social media company is banning RT and Sputnik from advertising on their platform

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. We did not come to this decision lightly, and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter.

Early this year, the U.S. intelligence community named RT and Sputnik as implementing state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt the 2016 Presidential election, which is not something we want on Twitter. This decision is restricted to these two entities based our internal investigation of their behavior as well as their inclusion in the January 2017 DNI report. This decision does not apply to any other advertisers. RT and Sputnik may remain organic users on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules.

Twitter has also decided to take the $1.9 million we are projected to have earned from RT global advertising since they became an advertiser in 2011, which includes the $274,100 in 2016 U.S.-based advertising that we highlighted in our September 28 blog post, and donate those funds to support external research into the use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections, including use of malicious automation and misinformation, with an initial focus on elections and automation. We will have more details to share on this disbursement soon.

Notably, the “off-board”-ing move comes less than a week before the company will testify on Russian election meddling on Capitol Hill, where he’ll join colleagues from Google and Facebook.

RT is not taking this lying down, asking an awkward question that we suspect will also get asked next week in Congress…

We are sure this move will please Mark Warner, but the bigger questions are how will Putin respond, and whether Facebook and Google (which owns YouTube) are likely to follow Twitter’s freedom-of-speech-denying lead.



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  • PlatosLittleSister

    Hands up if you are one of the plebs using twitter, i will continue to visit my favourite news sites despite whatever crap comes out of american intelligence (twitter,facebook etc) or any government goons putrid mouth.

    http://russia-insider.com/en https://www.rt.com/ https://sputniknews.com/ https://www.almasdarnews.com/ funny that i dont have any western media on my bookmarks when i stay in the u.k shows how much trust i have in our media.


  • Mountains

    Thank god.. It was about time. I absolutely dislike these Russian rag-tag media. They are plain and simple horrible

  • Pave Way IV

    Only Israel and Saudi Arabia are allowed to interfere with US elections and influence (bribe) the ‘winners’ later on.

    If RT or Sputnik were Israeli-owned companies and Twitter banned their ads, then the US would have Jack Dorsey in prison already and Twitter, itself, banned in the US for anti-Semitism.

    • TiredOfBsToo

      Democracy US style =======> censorship and mc’carthyism

      Freedom of speech US style => free to speak in support of intelligence (oxymoron) community

      Freedom US style =========> free to believe and entertain only what the government wants.

      Freedom US style to demonstrate => as long as it supports ‘Deep State’ propaganda.

      What a great time to be an American, a proud member of the mushroom community of which the Congress are the leading mushrooms. Mushroom = kept in the dark and fed sh*t. The US has now changed places with the Soviet Union. Great accomplishment mushroom m*rons! And people wonder why most Americans are clueless about the world, now you know.

      Best thing to do for the world community => use yandex for search, abandon censorship sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google. This is a great opportunity for Russian IT to develop community alternatives for people desiring true freedom rather than censorship.

    • goingbrokes

      Best comment!

  • BL

    The kike rodent still don’t get it, they think we hate their Satanic criminal system because of RT ads. That literally goes to show you how out of touch with reality these clowns really are. It’s clear the end of this criminal system is near.

  • Анрэс Суарэс

    This witch-hunting results so ridiculous that made my morning. Instead of reading comics kids can read ‘US intelligence’ reports to submerge themselves in fairytales. Then, they can watch the US population taking them seriously and learn what ‘plain stupidity’ means.

  • Solomon Krupacek

    only losers and pussygrabbers visit twitter

    • zman

      I can’t believe I just up-voted you…but when you’re right, you’re right.

      • Solomon Krupacek

        thanks, bro :)

  • slayern2

    Twitter, Facebook, Google/Youtube, Amazon… MSM…. Hollywood…. same agenda, same narrative, same brainwashing… Private companies or not, they are all completely controlled by anglozionist ‘elites’ and they all serve the Empire.

    • TiredOfBsToo

      Freedom left America a long time ago. “The Devil’s Chessboard” by David Talbot (How the CIA rose to power, the skull duggery and how it now runs the government). Undoubtedly will be banned soon in that great land of what passes as democracy.

  • RichardD

    Tweet this, Make America Great Again, get rid of the Jews and out law their evil pedophile rape cult to create a Jew free future for humanity.

  • RichardD

    Interfering in the US elections, how about the Jew machine? AIPAC, Israel, mega donors, the lying Jew media and all the rest of the Jew baby raping pedophile cultists?

  • zman

    Hmmm…I wonder how long it’s going to be before VPNs will be illegal?

  • goingbrokes

    Yeah, like there is a single news outlet out there that is not interfering with all elections they can.

  • Antikapitalista

    Twitter gained its notoriety as a tool in the NATO bombing of Libya. Will they examine that use, too? I mean, the use of Twitter in absolutely non-civic engagements.