Twitter bans ads from Russian sponsored news sites

Twitter bans ads from Russian sponsored news sites

Twitter bans ads from Russian sponsored news sites

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.

Slide 10, laying out the details of the proposed $1.5 million ad buy, including Promoted Video and Periscope, customized cards, keyword-based targeting, promoted accounts and promoted tweets.

Twitter on Thursday morning announced that it will ban advertising from accounts associated with Kremlin-supported news organizations Russia Today and Sputnik.

The public will now be able to find who paid for the ad and all other campaigns the advertisers have run on twitter, as well as how much each ad cost.

Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan called Twitter's decision "regrettable," and reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed the country would respond "swiftly and symmetrically".

Russian Federation has denied all claims that it interfered in the 2016 elections. Mark Warner, said earlier this month that the committee's first interview with Twitter representatives was "deeply disappointing" and "frankly inadequate".

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The move also drew a rebuke from the Russian Foreign Ministry, with a spokeswoman chastising Twitter for taking an "aggressive step" and warning that a "response will naturally follow".

Twitter on Thursday said RT and Sputnik's implementation of "state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt" the election "is not something we want on Twitter".

The American company specified that RT and Sputnik may remain users of on the Twitter platform.

The social media outlet disclosed RT spent $274,100 on ads in 2016, and $1.9 million on ads since joining the platform in 2011.

On Nov. 1 the US Senate's intelligence committee will hear testimony from the digital advertising companies, including Twitter, Facebook, and Google, about how Russian Federation used their platforms to spread disinformation during the election campaign.

Twitter also announced they'd use the money earned from RT's advertising to fund external research into Twitter's use in civic engagement and elections.

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