The campaign for former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is celebrating Twitter’s plan to remove political advertisements from its website beginning in November.
“We appreciate that Twitter recognizes that they should not permit disproven smears, like those from the Trump campaign, to appear in advertisements on their platform,” Biden’s deputy communications director Bill Russo reportedly said in a statement.
Biden has been getting crushed by President Donald J. Trump in political advertisements about his family’s dealings in Ukraine while he was vice president, which he says are false. Biden bragged about threatening to withhold a $1 billion loan to Ukraine during his tenure in the White House unless the country fired a prosecutor that was looking into the dealings of Biden’s son Hunter at the time. At the time, Hunter Biden was collecting tens of thousands of dollars per month as a consultant for a Ukrainian gas company – despite having no experience in the field.
In the parlance of our times, Biden’s dealings in Ukraine would be called a quid pro quo. If you’ve heard that term being tossed around lately, that’s because it’s exactly what the Democrats are threatening to impeach Trump over at this very moment. No wonder the Biden campaign is celebrating the removal of Trump’s ads.
“It would be unfortunate to suggest that the only option available to social media companies to do so is the full withdrawal of political advertising, but when faced with a choice between ad dollars and the integrity of our democracy, it is encouraging that, for once, revenue did not win out,” Russo continued.
The Biden campaign is currently “cash-strapped,” too, and has been significantly out-fundraised by Trump, despite the fact that the pair is expected to go toe-to-toe once the Democratic Party primary charade is finished. It makes sense that Biden would welcome a small, but helpful chance to even the playing field.
Socialist freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) applauded Twitter’s effort to silence political speech.
“Technology — and social media especially — has a powerful responsibility in preserving the integrity of our elections,” she said. “Not allowing for paid disinformation is one of the most basic, ethical decisions a company can make.”
Facebook, on the other hand, is facing scrutiny for its unwillingness to censor political advertisements. The company decided that it would not ban or otherwise alter political advertisements, much to the chagrin of some high powered politicians and political observers.
Aaron Sorkin, the Hollywood leftist who wrote “The Social Network,” an adaptation of Facebook’s rise to prominence, skewered Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an open letter published in The New York Times.
After claiming to support the First Amendment, Sorkin whined about false and misleading political ads.
“But this can’t possibly be the outcome you and I want, to have crazy lies pumped into the water supply that corrupt the most important decisions we make together. Lies that have a very real and incredibly dangerous effect on our elections and our lives and our children’s lives” he said. “You and I want speech protections to make sure no one gets imprisoned or killed for saying or writing something unpopular, not to ensure that lies have unfettered access to the American electorate.”
One thing is certain: social media giants can choose to ban all political ads, or they can choose to ban none. But if they attempt to enter into the business of fact-checking certain ad content, they cannot be trusted to do so in a non-partisan fashion. After watching right-wingers get banned from social media for years, we have all the proof we need that they cannot be trusted to not tip the scales in favor of the political left.
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