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 Clinton2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Manafort sought to hurt Clinton 2016 campaign efforts in key states: NYT 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.

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Clinton, who narrowly lost to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 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 ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day A book can explain why Elizabeth Warren's ideas bother billionaires so much Facebook says it removed millions of posts over hate speech, child exploitation violations 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 WarrenWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides 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.