MRC’s Bozell: Twitter Ban on Political Ads an Attempt to Suppress Conservatives

mrctvstaff | October 31, 2019
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“To pretend Twitter is taking the moral high ground in banning political ads is laughable,” Media Research Center President Brent Bozell said in a statement Thursday.

Bozell reacted to Twitter’s announcement of it’s decision to ban all political advertising.

Here’s the full statement from Bozell: 

To pretend Twitter is taking the moral high ground in banning political ads is laughable. Twitter sees the backlash Facebook has received for embracing free speech in advertising and with this ban, hopes to force their hand into doing the same.

A key reason organizations and individuals buy ads is to promote an issue that they cannot get covered by conventional means. We have seen how the social media giants have used their content policies to suppress conservative speech. Because of this, liberal messaging dominates Twitter and by restricting ads, Twitter can further limit the ability of conservatives to get their message heard. 

By including ‘issue ads’ in this ban, Twitter has given itself the power to draw the lines on what is and is not ‘political.’ Make no mistake, this is not an easily defined space and with Twitter’s history of liberal activism, conservatives should be very concerned.

MRCTV is a division of the Media Research Center.

 

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