Twitter takes on state-sponsored media ads

Nic Rowan of the Washington Free Beacon details a social media giant’s response to Chinese government shenanigans.

Twitter will no longer support advertisements created by state-sponsored media entities, the social media company announced in a blog post on Monday.

“Going forward, we will not accept advertising from state-controlled news media entities,” Twitter stated. “Any affected accounts will be free to continue to use Twitter to engage in public conversation, just not our advertising products. This is a global approach and will be enforced across our entire business.”

The blog post explained Twitter made this decision because the company wants to provide a space online where users can participate in open conversations, without undue influence from government-controlled entities.

“We believe that there is a difference between engaging in conversation with accounts you choose to follow and the content you see from advertisers in your Twitter experience which may be from accounts you’re not currently following,” Twitter wrote. “We have policies for both but we have higher standards for our advertisers.”

Twitter noted, however, that it will not restrict advertising from tax-payer funded media outlets, which include broadcasters such as NPR and PBS. The company stated that one of its primary concerns in implementing the policy is allowing for freedom of the press.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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