Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: House passes bill to prohibit mining near Grand Canyon| Union says EPA refuses to renegotiate contract | Climate protesters occupy Pelosi’s office over California fires Hillicon Valley: Twitter to refuse all political ads | Trump camp blasts ‘very dumb’ decision | Ocasio-Cortez hails move | Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook’s ad policies | GOP senator blocks sweeping election reform bill Ocasio-Cortez lauds Twitter’s decision to refuse political ads MORE (D-N.Y.) lauded Twitter following its Wednesday announcement it will no longer accept political advertising.
“This is a good call. Technology – and social media especially – has a powerful responsibility in preserving the integrity of our elections.Not allowing for paid disinformation is one of the most basic, ethical decisions a company can make,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to CEO Jack Dorsey’s announcement Wednesday.
“Many folks have asked whether I believe all social media political ads should be banned outright. I believe that if a company cannot or does not wish to run basic fact-checking on paid political advertising, then they should not run paid political ads at all,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez recently grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the social media giant’s advertising policy allowing political ads that had not been fact-checked and may contain false or misleading information. Shortly after Twitter’s announcement, Zuckerberg announced on an earnings call that the Facebook policy would continue.
Ocasio-Cortez was not the only figure to hail the decision and call on Facebook to follow suit. Wednesday afternoon, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Twitter to refuse all political ads | Trump camp blasts ‘very dumb’ decision | Ocasio-Cortez hails move | Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook’s ad policies | GOP senator blocks sweeping election reform bill Ocasio-Cortez lauds Twitter’s decision to refuse political ads Hillary Clinton celebrates Twitter’s decision to stop political advertising: ‘What say you, Facebook?’ MORE called Twitter’s move “the right thing to do for democracy in America and all over the world,” adding “what say you, @Facebook?”
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