Jack Dorsey, in a tweet thread:
For instance, it‘s not credible for us to say: “We’re working hard
to stop people from gaming our systems to spread misleading info,
buuut if someone pays us to target and force people to see their
political ad… well… they can say whatever they want!” […]
This isn’t about free expression. This is about paying for reach.
And paying to increase the reach of political speech has
significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure
may not be prepared to handle. It’s worth stepping back in order
Political advertising is a drop in the bucket of Twitter’s overall revenue, but that’s true of Facebook too. “The money matters to us” would be a terrible justification for Facebook’s policy of allowing political ads to spread falsehoods, but the money doesn’t even matter to them. Facebook is allowing political ads to spread falsehoods because Facebook wants political ads to spread falsehoods. There’s no other explanation.
★ Thursday, 31 October 2019