“Good. Your turn Facebook.”
Twitter recently made a statement that they will be banning political ads, stopping the direct influence online advertising, as well as hinting to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg to change his hands off stance. This I all agree with and am happy for, but what I do not stand for is Twitter’s statement to also ban all tweets that discuss major political topics such as climate change With this new claim, there would not be a clear line as to where to stop tweets from being broadcast and when to censor them. “Major political issues” is way too broad of a topic to be highlighted and discussed so I am very confused as to how Twitter will handle this newfound concept. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO made a very important claim, however. He said that “political message reach should be earned, not bought”. Earlier this month, Mark Zuckerburg addressed the issue of banning political ads. He also makes a point that cutting off political ads creates too much controversy for such an insignificant part of their revenue as a company, which makes sense from a business standpoint. Right now, it would create less controversy if Zuckerburg actually cut the political ads in light of the recent Twitter statements. Whether Twitter or Facebook are doing it right, they both have their own reasons for making their own decisions. Facebook respect the hustle of the up and coming candidates, but Twitter cares more about whether the information their audience gets is factual or not.