Twiiter has recently announced that it will ban all political advertsing on its platform.
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Social media has become a crucial tool for those looking to win elections and influence them. And as the popularity of these platforms has grown, so too has the scrutiny of their governance and role in spreading so-called fake news.
Now Twitter has announced that it will ban all political advertising worldwide.
I asked our technology correspondent Rory Kathleen Jones just how significant this announcement is.
This was all announced in quite a long series of tweets appropriately by Jack Dorsey, Twitter's founder. And he's effectively saying that political messages should be earned not bought. In other words, you as a political party can go on Twitter and tweet anywhere you like. And if you are good enough and if people listen to you, then you can spread it for free. But buying it is something he doesn't like.
This is being seen as a not-so-subtle dig at Facebook. Is it is it just a PR move?
Now that will be seen as a swipe at Facebook, which has got this quite controversial policy of allowing political ads with misinformation and not checking them in any way. It will be seen as part of that battle.
It's also it's not a difficult thing for him to do in some ways because you know I'm sure they make very little money out of political advertising. And it may be more trouble than it's worth.
And there's also been a lot of pressure on Twitter over for instance Donald Trump's use of the platform. People were asking whether political leaders are allowed to spread misinformation when the general public is not.