Twitter said its ban on political ads will exempt "caused-based" messages on topics related to social or environmental issues. The San Francisco-based messaging platform unveiled details of its move to bar all paid political messages, starting november 22, while easing concerns expressed by activists for social causes.
"Ads that educate, raise awareness, and/or call for people to take action in connection with civic engagement, economic growth, environmental stewardship, or social equity causes are allowed," Twitter said in its new policy. However, they may not reference prohibited political advertisers or political content. twitter announced the political ad ban on october 30, saying the move was aimed at countering the spread of misinformation by politicians.
Chief executive Jack Dorsey said at the time the company wants to head off potential problems from "machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro targeting, unchecked misleading information, and deep fakes." Under Twitter's new policy, even exempted cause-based ads would face restrictions on how the messages are targeted advertisers may use some geographic targeting "at the state, province or regional level and above," but not by specific locality.