Twitter has Banned Russia Today and Sputnik Network and Banned All Their Ads

Paramount Russian media outlets Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik has been banned by Twitter for these outlets had tried to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections; as cited by the  U.S. intelligence agencies. 

Twitter Inc banned advertisements from both the Russia Today and Sputnik to tighten and to check ad guidelines. Twitter has also banned these two giants from buying ads on its network. 

Twitter said in one of its unsigned statement regarding the election meddling, and that is “not something we want”. The company added, “We did not come to this decision lightly, and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter.” 

Twitter furthermore added on a blog post, “This decision was based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government,” adding to it, Twitter also said, “Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt the 2016 Presidential election...is not something we want on Twitter”. 

Not only Twitter, but also the web giant Google and Facebook have detected those suspected Russian media to use their social platforms last year, for purchasing post contents and ads, and those were politically conflicting and divisive. 

On the other hand Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik have denied the decision. They said that it “has never been involved in any illegal activity online”. It also states that it has “never pursued an agenda of influencing the US election through any platforms, including Twitter.”

The Russian foreign ministry claims that the ban was all due to the U.S. Government’s pressure. And that, it had also planned to retaliate.

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