back to article Brave Twitter axes Russian media ads 11 months after the fact

Twitter has kicked up a fresh new crop of controversies over both its advertising policies and its user numbers. The San Francisco-based milliblogging giant said Thursday it would stop taking ads from two major Russian state-backed media outlets, Russia Today and Sputnik, effective immediately. Both publications had recently …

  1. Winkypop Silver badge
    Devil

    Now

    Can they axe the great twatter-er himself?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So the ads served by two prominent Russian state backed news networks swayed Americans in the election.

    Either my coffee hasn't kicked in or I woke up in the twilight zone. That's preposterous.

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    2. h4rm0ny

      Of course they did. The $100,000 that these Russian companies spent on Twitter ads was very influential. It certainly carries more weight than the $141 million Hillary spent on ads or the $58 million Trump did. Don't you know that Russian ads are many times more effective than US ones. Especially online ones where people never ignore them routinely.

      Facebook has refused numerous requests to actually show examples of these adverts. Twitter will likely do the same. Probably because of the supreme effectiveness of these ads makes them too dangerous to reveal to the public.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        In post-soviet Russia ad influences you ...

  3. Alister Silver badge
    Facepalm

    I couldn't work out why Twitter would block the Radio Times...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Because they are backed by an extremely biased state owned media company, the BBC.

  4. h4rm0ny

    Personally I find it deeply shocking that a media outlet such as Russia Today should be purchasing ads for itself in the run up to the USA's largest media event. What were they up to?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Facepalm

    Russian bought adverts influenced US presidential election?

    I have it on good authority it was albino shape shifting reptiles from a planet in the Draco constellation that bought the adverts.

    1. Alister Silver badge

      Re: Russian bought adverts influenced US presidential election?

      I have it on good authority it was albino shape shifting reptiles from a planet in the Draco constellation that bought the adverts.

      You've been listening to David Icke again, haven't you?

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