Russia Has A "Surprise" Planned For US If It Bans RT, Sputnik Ads

A day after certain members of the Senate Intelligence committee expressed their profound disappointment with Facebook, Twitter and Google for appearing to blow off lawmakers’ concerns about a “sophisticated” Russia-backed propaganda campaign purportedly being carried out on their platforms, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova is hitting back, warning that Russia has “a surprise” response planned if US lawmakers overtly ban Russia Today and Sputnik from running advertisements on twitter and other US social media platforms.

According to Interfax and Sputnik, Zakharova said Russia would be forced to respond to the ban, which she said constituted “intimidation and blackmail.”

She also singled out Twitter, which was the first - and so far, the only - to prohibit Russia Today from running ads, criticizing the company for kowtowing to pressure from lawmakers and US intelligence agencies.

"By imposing this ban, Twitter demonstrates its commercial insolvency and absolute dependence on the will of the US security establishment, which directly controls the decision-making process in this company, as we see it at the moment," Zakharova said.

Additionally, the ban would only serve to further strain already tenuous relations between the US and Moscow.

"Of course, Washington's policy for further degradation of US-Russian relations is regrettable. This is an absolutely short-sighted policy, fraught with negative consequences, including for the United States itself," Zakharova said.

Twitter banned all ads from RT and Sputnik last month under pressure from lawmakers.

While the Sputnik news agency has stated in its press-release that it had never paid for promotion on Twitter, RT has responded with numbers — the broadcaster's editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, has revealed the amount of money spent on Twitter ads during the US election race; the number totals $275,000, in comparison to the presidential nominees who spent about $1 billion each.

Simonyan also famously published the “full” sales pitch it received from Twitter ahead of the election last year. RT said it turned down the “multi-million dollar advertising proposal.” On Twitter, advertising largely consists of the platform promoting a user’s tweets in exchange for money.

Earlier today, Buzzfeed published emails from a Twitter ad executive to RT pitching a $3 million advertisisng campaign, which the company said would amplify RT's voice seven-fold.

According to the Russian diplomat, the existing legislation in Russia allows, if necessary, to declare the foreign media outlets operating in the country as '"foreign agents" or "undesirable organizations."

Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously vowed to give a mirror-like response if the US decides to further restrict activities of Russian media outlets.


fajensen auricle Fri, 11/03/2017 - 01:39 Permalink

Dunno -

Some Russian bank might get hacked and a bunch of numbered accounts with Big Names on them could end up in The Markit?

Putin is a former KGB officer, he knows that there will be records, bank accounts, transactions, deals. It is only how to leak it properly, main stream media and the authorities here are united in a "protect our perps"-strategy.

That unity is cracking up!

Surely a big part of the Russia-scare is because everyone has used Russian services to launder money, bribe, steal, corrupt and so on - Shouting "Russia" is the globalist "elite" code for: "If I go down, you lot is coming down with me!".

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falak pema Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:00 Permalink

The day there is a free press in the Russia of today this logic will not apply.Until then every nation has to try and avoid propaganda platforms and fake news from polluting the Internet social networks; PROVIDED the so called democracies APPLY the same rules to their own State and private Oligarchies who control their own propaganda and fake news platforms applying the same spin and popaganda methods.We have a race to bottom today taking the world down.

Hulk nmewn Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:25 Permalink

If you havent watched frontlines "Putin's revenge, part 2" sit down and force yourself to watch it.Its stunning how stupid the deep state must think we are to believe this horseshit.I imagine donations to pbs are going to go way down on this one...

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I Write Code Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:03 Permalink

OMG, he wouldn't, y'know, cut off Russian pr0n to the US, would he?I mean, if we (?) take the vicious, oppressive step of ... not accepting his money ... for ads on social media?Beam me up, Scotty, there's no intelligent life on this planet.

StreetObserver Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:03 Permalink

RT is better than the BBC which is better than CNN which is better than conventional media. Why don't the Russians just ban all ad servers from the U.S. from working in Russia?Content gets through, but no ads.

DEMIZEN Lucky Leprachaun Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:44 Permalink

they cater 5b audience. it is the most viewed news channel in the world. most of rt audience is non-wasp and 20s-30s age, so sure you could see some demand for sj. i watched some of their documentaries they are pretty good. kaiser is ok. to me it feels like a waste of time, i am only interested in a fraction of news. i want less theme, more fractioned news, no bias no opinion no commericals. when shtf i always go to rt for raw cast i think that is their best part of the program.still better than any US or bbc channel, and only click away.  MSM is funnier than comedy central back in the days.  bunch of fucking pinocchios. i think last thing i watched tv was that thick necked butch on msnbc crying about trump,

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Offthebeach StreetObserver Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:30 Permalink

CNN is awesome, because if you miss a story while out the door to work,  you can catch it, the same, 354 times during the next 8 hours, plus 3-4 talking head discussions shows in the evening.  During the Panama invasion, Manual Noriega didn't surrender until they loudspeakered CNN, 24/7.  In 6 days he became a shitpants drooling idiot.  BBC sucks too.

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EnragedUSMCExpat Dre4dwolf Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:42 Permalink

CNN fake news needs to be banned in America AND Russia. THEY are responsible for the collapse of relations with the U.S. It is amazing that they have not been banned as they have been in other countries where they started wars and then backed off to "report" on them as hundreds of thousands died across the world. They are ALL WAR CRIMINALS and will be seated in the dock at The Hague sooner rather than later. In no other countries except the U.S. and now Russia are these mostly alien fraud propagandists allowed in on "journalist" visas to broadcast anti-American treason and seditious sleaze 24/7. The President should have the DOJ and ICE on this immediately, it is the easiest way to SILENCE CNN fake news by cancelling their visas and deporting them NOW.DEATH TO CNN FAKE NEWS.

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