Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are applauds Twitter decision to ban political ads

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are applauding Twitter’s decision to ban political ads from its platform starting in November.

In a statement, Bill Russo, deputy communications director for the Biden campaign, said: “We appreciate that Twitter recognizes that they should not permit disproven smears, like those from the Trump campaign, to appear in advertisements on their platform.”

Russo added: “It would be unfortunate to suggest that the only option available to social media companies to do so is the full withdrawal of political advertising, but when faced with a choice between ad dollars and the integrity of our democracy, it is encouraging that, for once, revenue did not win out.”

Earlier this month, Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign sent letters to Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube demanding that they ban misleading political ads from their platforms.

Biden had become the subject of ads placed by President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign making baseless claims regarding the Biden family’s relationship with the Ukrainian government. Initially, all three companies rejected the idea of banning false political ads. But now, Twitter has decided to ban all of them.

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