Twitter blocks ads from two Russia-backed media agencies

From Engadget - October 26, 2017

"This decision was based on the retrospective work we have been doing around the 2016 US election," wrote an as-yet unnamed Twitter representative. In addition, the company cited evidence provided by a Director of National Intelligence report on election hacking, dated January 6th, 2017. As a consequence, RT and Sputnik may no longer purchase advertising on the site, although their accounts will not be suspended.

RT and Sputnik are both news organizations that are funded by Russia's government, both of which being decried as propaganda outfits. In the US, RT employees have to register as "foreign agents," and in the UK, the channel has been reprimanded for misleading its viewers. Sputnik, meanwhile, is described by The New York Times as RT's "more outspoken, flashy younger sibling," modeled in the spirit of BuzzFeed.


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