Twitter Bans Russia Today, Sputnik From Buying Advertising

An example of what a future political ad may look like

"Early this year, the USA 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". That $1.9 million includes the $274,000 in USA advertising past year that Twitter first disclosed in late September.

"Sputnik has never used paid for promotion on Twitter", the news outlet added, in a statement emailed to Fox News.

The ban will not apply to any other advertisers, Twitter said.

Twitter will be joined by Google and Facebook in testifying before US lawmakers on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, called its presentation "inadequate on nearly every level", adding Twitter's efforts "showed an enormous lack of understanding. of how serious this issue is, [and] the threat it poses to democratic institutions".

Twitter on Thursday said RT and Sputnik's implementation of "state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt" the election "is not something we want on Twitter".

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The announcement could be an effort to preempt legislation introduced last week by Warner and Sen.

"Early this year, the USA 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", Twitter said in a blog post on Thursday. The company said Thursday it would ban Russia Today and Sputnik from advertising on its platform.

Twitter will also disclose what demographic was targeted by the advertiser, such as age, gender, or location.

"We hope that that the company will consider it necessary to sort out the situation in detail and will come to a conclusion that work of independent media, such as RT and Sputnik, can not be qualified as intervention in electoral processes in the United States or any other country in any way", the Kremlin spokesman concluded.

The main idea pitched by Twitter to RT was "to take a stand".

Twitter says it has received $1.9 million in advertising dollars from RT since 2011.

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