Twitter just booted Russian media ads offline

Twitter just booted Russian media ads offline

Twitter is cracking down on Russian media advertising via its platform.

Twitter has banned Russian media companies Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik from advertising on its service after it found that both had "attempted to interfere with the [2016 U.S.] election on behalf of the Russian government" using the social network.

Twitter's ban comes as United States authorities are pressuring Russia Today to register as a foreign agent under a World War II-era law meant to stop Nazi propaganda.

"Early this year, the USA 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", Twitter said in a blog post on Thursday.

RT and Sputnik will still be permitted to remain Twitter users, but Thursday's decision means they won't be able to target posts or content at specific users.

Twitter also will be allocating the revenue they received from these accounts to the company's investigation. Though the RT claims to be an independent editorial operation, the U.S. Justice Department recently required the company to register as a foreign agent.

Twitter, Facebook and Google's general counsels are scheduled to testify in Washington the House and Senate intelligence committees next week about how Russian involvement in us elections affected their platforms. The change means they can not put money behind any tweets in an effort to promote them to a certain audience. This decision does not apply to any other advertisers.



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