Ocasio-Cortez lauds Twitter's decision to refuse political ads

Ocasio-Cortez lauds Twitter's decision to refuse political ads
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' MORE (D-N.Y.) lauded Twitter following its Wednesday announcement it will no longer accept political advertising.

“This is a good call. Technology - and social media especially - has a powerful responsibility in preserving the integrity of our elections.Not allowing for paid disinformation is one of the most basic, ethical decisions a company can make,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to CEO Jack Dorsey’s announcement Wednesday.

“Many folks have asked whether I believe all social media political ads should be banned outright. I believe that if a company cannot or does not wish to run basic fact-checking on paid political advertising, then they should not run paid political ads at all,” she added.


Ocasio-Cortez recently grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the social media giant’s advertising policy allowing political ads that had not been fact-checked and may contain false or misleading information. Shortly after Twitter’s announcement, Zuckerberg announced on an earnings call that the Facebook policy would continue.

Ocasio-Cortez was not the only figure to hail the decision and call on Facebook to follow suit. Wednesday afternoon, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats seek leverage for trial Davis: Trump vs. Clinton impeachments – the major differences Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' MORE called Twitter’s move “the right thing to do for democracy in America and all over the world,” adding “what say you, @Facebook?”