Congress Concerned with Political Ads Ban on Twitter
New policy will not allow ads surrounding policies or elections
This week, congressional leaders voiced concern about the new Twitter policy of banning all political ads on its platform moving forward. From the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “Twitter's leadership has tried to produce a rationale for banishing paid political speech, but the argument boils down to the same misunderstanding that has been used to undermine free speech for decades.”
Speaker McConnell went on to say that the move from Twitter should open up a new debate about what counts as political advocacy online. Twitter’s ban that begins later this month will block ads that refer to an election or candidate, and that “advocate for or against legislative issues of national importance.” McConnell stated that Twitter should consider blocking opinion journalists as well to be consistent with their standards.
- For Speaker McConnell to have wisdom on bringing up legislation to protect speech in the U.S.
- That the government would be guided as to how to bring about policy changes for social media.
- That the protection of speech in the U.S. would not be infringed by any force.