President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has posted political ads that falsely accuse former vice president Joe Biden of pressuring Ukraine to fire a prosecutor looking into a firm connected to Biden’s son, Hunter, on Twitter. Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has urged Twitter users to reject these ads.
Greg Schultz, the campaign manager for Biden, wrote a letter to General Counsel Vijaya Gadde on Wednesday in which he claimed that the ad “spreads bogus, categorically disproved conspiracy theories” and urged Twitter to reject any further attempts by the campaign to promote them.
No business should permit itself to be used to deceive the public about any matter, much less one as crucial as the health of our democracy, the author said.
Facebook turned down a similar request from the Biden campaign to remove the advertisement of its site on Monday. Additionally, it was broadcast on YouTube, which is owned by Google. The advertisement complied with the rules of both Twitter and YouTube, according to their spokespeople.
Facebook stated in a statement that its decision is “based on Facebook’s core belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the idea that, in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already perhaps the most scrutinized speech there is.”
From his account, Trump tweeted the advertisement to his 66 million followers today.
Allowing President Trump to use his account as a platform to promote falsehoods is one thing; making money off of paid advertisements that repeat the same lies is quite another, according to Schultz.
Requests for comments on the letter from representatives of Twitter were not immediately answered.
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