Twitter to Ban Political Advertisements


Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website

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9 Responses

  1. Avatar pillsy says:

    This is a good decision because political ads suck, and the only problem with it is that other social media platforms are not immediately following suit.Report

  2. Avatar Marchmaine says:

    This is one of those things that will be defined by the negative space.

    Not by the ads we all agree are political and were banned, but by the ads I think are political but you think not… and either those ads made it through and I’ll be mad…tweeting about how they should never be allowed; or they will be banned and you’ll be mad… tweeting the message anyway since they aren’t political.

    At least we call all tweet about sports.Report

    • Avatar pillsy says:

      So you mean that it will turn Twitter ads, currently largely ignored by the Discourse®, into another front in the partisan battlefields of Online, meaning they’ll be RTed, ironically QTed, dunked on, screenshotted and circulated on other platforms, and generally just getting clicks and eyeballs like crazy?

      Huh, when you put it that way it sounds like Twitter did something extraordinarily clever.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Remember when I was talking about the importance of Memes?

    Well, they just got really freakin’ important for Twitter.Report

    • Avatar pillsy says:

      Marchmaine has opened my eyes. Twitter, by banning political ads, has discovered a way to make a large class of ads that are kinda political go viral as people fight about whether Twitter is dicking Team Blue and/or Red in the eye by running ads for… I dunno, Chick fil A or the NBA or some shit.

      It’s evil and brilliant and I’m kind of in awe.Report

    • Avatar DensityDuck says:

      WeRateDogs was started specifically as a viral marketing plan, but it also started becoming very…associated with a particular political viewpoint, and overtly advocating in favor of that viewpoint; does that mean it’s political advertising?

      if EmojiBot says “smiley + peach = a smiley that supports impeachment, hooray for Speaker Pelosi”, how about that?Report

      • Avatar pillsy says:

        It doesn’t.

        It doesn’t not because of the nature of the account, but because of the nature of the account-holder’s business relationship with Twitter.

        Now if that EmojiBot tweet were promoted… well then the answer is maybe yes but more importantly there would be a big fight about it on Twitter, generating tons of Twitter content! Win-win for Jack et al.Report