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What Does Twitter's Ban on Political Ads Mean for Platform Governance?

BKC affiliate Joan Donovan and Assembly alum Elizabeth Dubois share their thoughts on Twitter’s forthcoming political ad policy and the potential impact it may have on other platforms.

While these companies tend to move in a flock, we will see some very significant differences in their approaches to governing speech, based on the difference in scale of advertising across these companies,” Donovan said. “For example, Facebook serves many more ads than Twitter, and Facebook does a better sell of direct marketing than Twitter. Google and YouTube’s ad services don’t work in the same way and therefore will not be as publicly pressured to change their policies right now.”

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