California, USA (Duran– In a blog post this morning, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey explains why Twitter has decided to off-board advertising (effectively ban) from RT and Sputnik from advertising on the social network.

It’s a weak move that shows Jack and his Twitter birdie are merely another extension of the Deep State.

Expect Facebook and YouTube to follow suit in short order. After banning RT and Sputnik’s ads from social media, the profiles will also be deemed in violation of terms.

Twitter CEO Jack Dempsey
Image: Flickr – jdlasica

It is a slippery slope and we have just entered a fast descent into Deep State censorship.

Twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective immediately. This decision was based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government. We did not come to this decision lightly and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter.

Early this year, the U.S. intelligence community named RT and Sputnik as implementing state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt the 2016 Presidential election, which is not something we want on Twitter. This decision is restricted to these two entities based our internal investigation of their behavior as well as their inclusion in the January 2017 DNI report. This decision does not apply to any other advertisers. RT and Sputnik may remain organic users on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules.

Twitter has also decided to take the $1.9 million we are projected to have earned from RT global advertising since they became an advertiser in 2011, which includes the $274,100 in 2016 U.S.-based advertising that we highlighted in our September 28 blog postand donate those funds to support external research into the use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections, including use of malicious automation and misinformation, with an initial focus on elections and automation. We will have more details to share on this disbursement soon.

Zerohedge notes that the “off-board”-ing move comes less than a week before the company will testify on Russian election meddling on Capitol Hill, where he’ll join colleagues from Google and Facebook.

Meanwhile, RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan has posted Twitter’s own pitch for an RT advertising campaign ahead of last year’s election, in which Twitter said that the news site would provide an “unbiased point view of the US Elections with an edge.”

“Hope Jack Dorsey [Twitter CEO] won’t forget to tell Congress how Twitter pitched RT to spend big $$s on US election ad campaign,” tweeted Simonyan.

How awkward for Twitter to have their hypocrisy, and cowardice, exposed in such an embarrassing manner.

Meanwhile we remind The Duran readers, and RT and Sputnik readers as well, that there are alternatives that are small but growing…and most importantly free from the clutches of the US government.

This post was written by Alex Christoforou and was originally published by The Duran.


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