Bozell Blasts Twitter’s Ban on Political and Issue Ads: ‘Conservatives Should be Very Concerned’

By Craig Bannister | October 31, 2019 | 2:51pm EDT
MRC Pres. Brent Bozell

“By restricting ads, Twitter can further limit the ability of conservatives to get their message heard,” Media Research Center (MRC) President warned Thursday.

In a statement reacting to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s announcement that the social media giant will stop accepting both political ads and “issue ads,” Bozell called Twitter’s rationale “laughable”:

“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.”

While social media giants were already censoring conservative free speech, Twitter’s latest move will make it even harder for conservatives to speak out, Bozell said:

“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.”

What’s more, Bozell said, banning ads on “issues” allows Twitter to make subjective judgements on content in order to justify suppressing conservative views:

“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.”

As NewsBusters reported on Wednesday, Dorsey’s announcement comes as both liberal politicians and media are pressuring social media platforms to censor conservative content and help them attack President Donald Trump:

“We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought,” Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey proclaimed in a Twitter thread. This follows the media crusade to try and push all social media platforms to censor political advertisement in a blatant media attack on President Donald Trump.”

“The timing of this policy change comes amidst the backlash against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from liberals like Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the liberal media for the free speech decision on political ads and allowing outlets like Breitbart to be among Facebook’s curated news sources.”

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