Hillary Clinton celebrates Twitter's decision to stop political advertising: 'What say you, Facebook?'

Hillary Clinton celebrates Twitter's decision to stop political advertising: 'What say you, Facebook?'
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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE doubled down Wednesday on her earlier criticism of Facebook's political ads policy after fellow social media giant Twitter announced that it would ban paid political advertising from its platform.

In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Clinton appeared to dare Facebook executives to follow suit after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced the changes minutes earlier.


Clinton, who narrowly lost to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE in 2016, has in party blamed her defeat on tech companies' failure to stop the spread of misinformation on their platforms, an issue that was highlighted when it was revealed that Russian intelligence operatives worked to manipulate U.S. voters with misleading or false advertisements and posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Hours earlier, the former secretary of State had called on Facebook to overturn its policy allowing candidates for political office to run paid advertisements that weren't subject to fact-checking, citing a danger to democracy.

Facebook's refusal to ban advertising from political candidates that contains misinformation has put the company in the sights of Democrats on Capitol Hill, who grilled CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate On The Money: GAO to investigate Trump aid for farmers | Bloomberg calls for bolstering Dodd-Frank | Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Soros: Zuckerberg, Sandberg should be removed from control of Facebook MORE at a recent hearing over the company's policies on fact-checking and political advertisements.

Zuckerberg has defended the policy, arguing that it is not a tech company's place to mandate which speech can or can't be employed by politicians on its platform.

Some Democrats including 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE (D-Mass.) have gone so far as to test the policy by deliberately running political advertisements with false information, with Warren running an ad falsely accusing Zuckerberg of endorsing President Trump for reelection.