STEFANIK BLASTS TWITTER DECISION

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik says she opposes Twitter’s decision to ban all political advertising on its social media platform. She said the move limits free speech for candidates and campaigns. The announcement by Stefanik comes after another announcement on October 30th by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, saying the company will stop all political advertising, including for campaigns. The policy will not affect tweets from the personal or governmental accounts of politicians, but it will not allow those accounts, or any others supporting a political figure or cause, to purchase sponsored tweets. Stefanik said she believes politicians should be able to have the same advertising rights as any other individual or business. She also said her campaign has never advertised on Twitter, but it has on Facebook. In fact, Stefanik says her campaign has spent $13,780.32 on Facebook advertisements throughout her current campaign. Tedra Cobb, Stefanik’s Democratic challenger for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat in the 2020 election, has not spent money directly on social media advertising. Cobb has however, spent $46,498 on a digital marketing company. Stefanik said she believes the whole thing is a freedom-of-speech issue and that Twitter’s decision may unfairly impact rural and firsttime candidates.