CNN: Twitter will stop accepting political ads
"We've made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought."
Whew — that’s a big deal. My first thought is that it’ll be interesting to see what Twitter chooses to define as political.
Does the change only apply to the candidate? To PACs? What about issue advocacy ads by nonprofits and charities? What if a group wants to run an ad thanking a politician for a vote? Etc. The devil will prove to be in the details.
My second thought is that this is probably a reaction to (or at least influenced by) Mark Zuckerberg’s recent statements about Facebook refusing to police the truthiness of political speech. I wonder whether Facebook will follow suit and walk away from political ads entirely.