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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-CortezProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments | Energy Dept. exempts quick dishwashers from existing efficiency standards | Ocasio-Cortez says having Green New Deal would have helped handle COVID-19 pandemic Ocasio-Cortez says Biden vote can be 'tactical' effort to support marginalized communities 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.

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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 ClintonBon Jovi to campaign with Biden in Pennsylvania The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Biden gets late boost with key union endorsement MORE called Twitter’s move “the right thing to do for democracy in America and all over the world,” adding “what say you, @Facebook?”