Twitter Bans RT, Sputnik Ads "For Attempting To Interfere With The US Election"

Tyler Durden's picture

In a blog post this morning, Twitter's Jack Dorsey explains why the social media company is banning RT and Sputnik from advertising on their platform...

Twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective immediately. This decision was based on the retrospective work we've been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government. We did not come to this decision lightly, and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter.


Early this year, the U.S. intelligence community named RT and Sputnik as implementing state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt the 2016 Presidential election, which is not something we want on Twitter. This decision is restricted to these two entities based our internal investigation of their behavior as well as their inclusion in the January 2017 DNI report. This decision does not apply to any other advertisers. RT and Sputnik may remain organic users on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules.


Twitter has also decided to take the $1.9 million we are projected to have earned from RT global advertising since they became an advertiser in 2011, which includes the $274,100 in 2016 U.S.-based advertising that we highlighted in our September 28 blog post, and donate those funds to support external research into the use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections, including use of malicious automation and misinformation, with an initial focus on elections and automation. We will have more details to share on this disbursement soon.

Notably, the "off-board"-ing move comes less than a week before the company will testify on Russian election meddling on Capitol Hill, where he'll join colleagues from Google and Facebook.

RT is not taking this lying down, asking an awkward question that we suspect will also get asked next week in Congress...

We are sure this move will please Mark Warner, but the bigger questions are how will Putin respond, and whether Facebook and Google (which owns YouTube) are likely to follow Twitter's freedom-of-speech-denying lead.

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Shitonya Serfs's picture

Twitter, don't forget to ban Hillary. She paid for those ads.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Better ban all ads from the DNC as well.

Ajax-1's picture

Too bad that we can't persuade Twitter to ban the illeagal aliens in the USA from using Twitter. There is significant evidence that they voted in the last election to impact and interfere with our electoral process.

wildbad's picture

I banned twitter myself a long time ago

ThaBigPerm's picture

I guess with the news today being what it is, we can expect them to all go full retard on the old narrative, pretending they didn't get the memo

Pinto Currency's picture

Not just the fake Russia dossier and Uranium.

HRC was in a Congressional espionage ring with Awan-Wasserman-Weiner-Abedin feeding info to UAE, Pakistani intelligence, etc.

Follow George Webb's work. 


loebster's picture

Like CNN didn't interfere on behalf of Hillary
and FOX and ZH on behalf of Trump.

BennyBoy's picture


Twitter, please publish all those RT tweets that interfered with the election.

Its after the election, I wont be brainwashed by them.

Billy the Poet's picture

Obama meddles in the 2016 election by telling illegal aliens to vote:



Bastiat's picture

Oh c'mon, he's just trying to empower people like himself--if an illegal alien can be president why can't one vote?

shovelhead's picture

Haha, this is as lame as the DNC claiming "Oh, That was the old DNC leadership.

We're all fixed now."

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Exactly what I was thinking.  Ban the Russian hiring, cankle laden, witch.  BUt, we are all seeing that Twitter is just another subsidary of the DNC. 

Nothing to see here.  Move along, people...

NoDebt's picture

The US is woefully behind the rest of the world when it comes to banning things.  But we're catching up quick.


land_of_the_few's picture

Who are the main TWTR shareholders now, is Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal still 2nd largest shareholder?

11b40's picture

Don't forget to ban AIPAC & Isreal.  Seriously, who interferes more in this country, and not just 'elections'.  We have the Prime Minister of Israel standing in the well of Congress and bashing an American President.  If that is not interferring, what is?

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Kiss the shall be President

Max Cynical's picture

How will Twitter punish themselves for suspending conservative accounts? How does restricting conservative speech on the platform not constitute interfering with the US election?

PrometeyBezkrilov's picture

Noooo. She is a friend and a victim of the Russian "election fraud".

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

But ads from Israeli/Zio groups are still okay, right?

This shit is beyond absurd. Even if you think a few ads is 'meddling' in an election (as the US uses CIA front groups to organize coups and mass protests etc) by that same logic AIPAC et al have FAR more influence. Israeli dual citizens top the list of donors for both parties. Both AIPAC and ADL have spied for Israel.


So pernicious is Israeli/Zionist meddling Congress is preparing to shred the bill of rights to placate thrm

Anyway, Twitter is banning and censoring its way into irrelevance.

11b40's picture

Sure wish any downvoters would put forth some defense.  They don't, because there is none.  You are 100% correct, and the evidence plentiful & easy to find.

falconflight's picture

No need to prove a negative.  Prove your case, you and the slack-jawed Buchwalden Oven Operator.  Admittedly, he may be a MudMan.

falconflight's picture

I read the link from Parry's site about Israeli election influence.  A long series of declarative statements and rank bias conclusions with repeated opinion pushing buzz words and outright dishonest statements.  For such a long article, it was almost totally devoid of any actual data or information to supprt the myriad of conclusionary statements.  For example: 

"For instance, the evidence is now overwhelming that the Israeli government of right-wing Prime Minister Menachem Begin played a key role in helping Ronald Reagan’s campaign in 1980 strike a deal with Iran to frustrate President Jimmy Carter’s efforts to free 52 American hostages before Election Day."

Not a single shred of documentation, not even a 'someone told someone' that the Israeli gov't made it happen.  Nothing.  I actually thought (Since I've never been at the site, and I did investigate it before reading) I would have some sourced evidence to have to counter...but nothing.  More of the same AIPAC owns the US Gov't.  

Not even a dollar figure of AIPAC sending...oh about 4 million a year, and nothing about Arab/Muslim money spending officially on US lobbying...oh about 50 million a year.

Everybodys All American's picture

I must be living in an alternate universe. Do these people keep up with the news or are we just that far down that the communist news network and CIA thought control hole. Never in my life would I have ever thought this possible in America !!!

SubjectivObject's picture


it'l be Isratl funded advertising next

and then the antisimitic knives will come out!

what a mess

Justin Case's picture

merica is heading down the USSR road of utopia. Twitter has a nanny watching tweets, MSM prints the latest mind moulding propaganda. Google search engine redirects/omits sites, YouTube blocks content it deems unfit for merica. What's next,block complete access to the countries that aren't merican vassels? 4th reich a rising? We'll have to get shortwave radio's to listen to foreign news, like in USSR in the 50's? The monopoly on merican propaganda is over and TPTB are runnin scared, pluggin all the leaks of truth.

chiswickcat's picture

They should follow the US example and never interfere in any foreign elections...

BritBob's picture

The Russians do a lot of interfering...

Russia tells Britain give back the Falklands before telling US what to do.

RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017)

They forget that a lot of territory was 'taken' in the 19th century (much of a norm). That doesn't excuse their actions in the 21st century.


Falkland Islands – The Usurpation (1 pg):

auricle's picture

Twitter hasn't received the memo that the Russia interference was a fake news ruse paid for by Hillary and the DNC to try and smear her opponent? 

Justin Case's picture

World shaking their heads at the 3rd world style political circus in merica. In fighting and shit slinging while the USS Merca is listing. Pions growing restless, poor getting fatter.

We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.

How long will it take for the masses to wake up to these grossly restricting laws and realize how un-free they are?  The masses’ unchallenging complacency with these laws has been made that much easier through social conditioning engineered over the years by the ruling elite.

In this charade, the power-mad egomaniac manipulating controlling parasitical ruling elite impose themselves on almost everything for their ulterior motives: ownership, power, profit and political gain – and that’s it. It’s that straightforward. It’s that pathetic.

These forever-increasing control mechanisms: regulations, rules, absurd mandates, threats of fines, intimidation, extreme petty police reprisals and imprisonment … are designed to sap the life-force from us while denying our true self-expression as we’re expected to bow down in acquiescence. It’s all designed to erode humanity into a subservient entity.

Robert Trip's picture

Have a few beers and blow it off.

Works for me.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

They truly belong to the dinosaurs and fish. They were here/there first.  Give all lands back to their rightful owners... NOW!!!!

Orc from Mordor's picture

I don't think so. They got Surinam instead. And I don't think anybody sensible will want to exchange back. Who wants that useless miserable Manhatten?

cheech_wizard's picture

You mean that website made by "milliondollarbonus"?

Thanks for the laugh, Argentina wasn't even a country when the Brits first landed...


Dirty Bumn's picture

ALL RIGHT, we get it. You REALLY care about the Falklands. You sound like a broken record, Falklands this, and Falklands that. Go stuff yourself BritBob, I hope you have a stroke on holiday and have to go to hospital.

Tiritmenhrta's picture

hypocrisy as usual, right Bob?

Billy the Poet's picture

Remembering the good times:


HMS Sheffield Hit by Exocet Missile

tweet_twat_tt's picture

Should we tell him who started this scheiß in Ukraine ? Nah, it's pointless.

frontierland's picture


  • Mohammed is the #1 name for babies in London
  • London mayor is Moslem
  • No Free Speech because Moslem and Negro feelings
  • Whites thrown in prison for Hate Think
  • White girls being groomed (raped) by Moslem Invaders
  • White Advocacy deemed Offesive, Banned
  • Whites of all ages Run Over by Moslems
  • Whites stabbed by Moslem Invaders

Looks like you might need a Glorious White Leader to meddle with the UK there, Bob.



Orc from Mordor's picture

First, our actions in 21st centure don't excuse your actions in 20th, 19th and other centuries. Second, the message Vitaly sent you was not understood by the majority of you, though it was quite clear. I'll give you a hint: he meant 'go fuck yourselves!'

Two-bits's picture

 freedom of approved  speech

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Some speech is freer than others.

TimmyB's picture

Allowing US government security/intelligence agencies to censor Internet traffic and free speech. What could possible go wrong?

chickadee's picture

I can think of one more they should ban

New_Meat's picture

TWTR interfered with the election ;-)

TWTR is going to be the sluice-gate of the swamp

trippy64's picture

So, i really only need to spend $100K to swing an election? That's all it takes? Not billions and billions?