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Twitter Fined For Multiple Campaign Finance Violations

Tyler Durden
October 13th, 2020
ZeroHedge
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This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Tuesday that Twitter would pay $100,000 to Washington’s Public Disclosure Transparency Account after violating state campaign finance disclosure laws.

From 2012 to 2019, Twitter received nearly $200,000 for campaign ads but failed to follow Washington disclosure laws by unlawfully failing to maintain public records about the political ads that ran on the platform has resulted in a $100,000 fine.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, said in October 2019 that the social media platform would ban all political ads due to misleading messaging by some candidates.

“We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…,” Dorsey tweeted last year.

The judgment, filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court, notes that at least 38 Washington candidates and political committees paid $194,550 for political advertising on the platform between 2012-2019.

“Transparency in political advertising is critical to a free and informed electorate,” Ferguson said. “Whether you are a local newspaper or a multinational social media platform, you must follow our campaign finance laws.”

“The Public Disclosure Commission appreciates the shared commitment of the Attorney General’s Office to vigorous enforcement of the state’s campaign finance laws,” Public Disclosure Commission Chair David Ammons said. “The people of Washington, in their overwhelming vote for the disclosure Initiative 276 nearly a half-century ago, created one of the nation’s most emphatic demands for transparency and accountability in campaign finance reporting. As powerful new platforms and commercial advertisers emerge in the campaign world, we must stay vigilant in demanding full compliance with all disclosure laws of Washington state.”

Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission first received notice from an independent researcher on Oct. 30, 2019, about Twitter’s potential violations.

The irony here is, of course, that Twitter – which has been doing everything it can to crack down on political “misinformation” – is now being dinged for failing to share information about its political advertising operation.

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  1. Andrea.Iravani. says:

    Many are asserting that covid mask and hysteria adoption is a cult initiation. I do not know if that is correct or not, but it is definitely a dis-information campaign used for financial fraud and control over people’s lives.

    Just also be aware of the main objectives of all cults has been to get cult members to hand money over to them, hand control over to them, to work often in slave labor for them,  to increase the power of the cult leaders and to decrease everyone else’s power as well as decrease everyone else’s autonomy, and liberty. Autonomy is the largest threat to cults. An autonomous individual could possibly convince cult members that they could leave the cult, causing a chain re-action. Cults have engaged in ouright illegal activity in order to maintain control over cult members.

    The Spanish Inquisition and Alexander the Great were primarily was responsible for the rapid adoption of Christianity.

    The military has fantasized about creating a second coming of Christ using technology gimmicks for the deception, including MEDUSA ( Mob Excess Deterent Using Silent Audio ) (voice of God ) 
    technology and a statue of Medusa was apparently errected in NYC from what I read. Also can’t help but over look Med-USA, and that could be a coincidence or not.

    To me it seems that the global power structure is planning on WW3, and both world wars would have taken a considerable degree of cult like control to have most of the world engaged in war.

    The news shows have made insane and corrupt behavior go viral.
    The partisan media has increased disinformation in America. Many Americans do not recall a time when 24/7 partisan news outlets did not exist because they were not alive. CNN was the first, and was extremely left leaning in its treatment of news coverage as well as its treatment of guests, which was countered with the creation of Fox News, which was also countered with MSNBC.

    There was a gradual decrease that happened over the past few decades of news casters or show hosts debating blatant lies made by guests, and guests using evasionary tactics of questions asked by show hosts. The hosts usually do not intervene as they had in the past. The other extreme is the White House Press confrerences where the reporters refuse to stop shouting down the White House spokes person, and the reporters themselves are actually blatantly lying and demanding the the White House spokes person agrees with them, for example the false allegations of Assad using barrel bombs on Syrians, when he was not. They simply will not stop in some cases, and simply refuse to intervene in other cases. I apologize for such a distant example, but I  disconnected my tv because of it because it was literally driving me crazy! Considering that it was also extremely expensive, I just was not going to pay so much money to be tortured to find out was going on in the world, and just by watching it, there was no way to find out what was actually going on in the world because nearly all of it was disinformation.

    Since the partisan shows exist, guests and politicians usually only appear on shows that will not intervene when the guests are lying or using evasionary tactics.The politicians and policy makers now have an air of superiority and believe that they are exempt from being questioned for blatant lies, or for refusing to provide direct answers to pertinent questions.This has spilled over into society as a whole. It has made our entire society more dishonest, and it has also made our entire society less likely or incapable of being able to demand the truth and debate policy on its merits. Debating has almost become a lost art in America as a result of partisan news. People are literally shocked when people confront them for lying over the air waves, as if it is their right to just blatantly lie about current events and they demand that those that are telling the truth be censored, or even worse, imprisoned like Assange, Manning, Schulte, and many others.

    These individuals are truly narcissists and believe that they are exempt from criticism and the world literally cannot go on this way.They contradict themselves constantly and are not questioned about it. Anthony Fauci is a perfect example who said himself in a New England Journal of Medicine article that covid-19 would be similar in transmission and fatality to the flu. In another medical journal article, Anthony Fauci said that Hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for covid-19.

    Does anyone seriously believe that the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC do not know what Anthony Fauci is writing in medical journals?!

    Does anyone seriously believe that physicians, university professors, Bill Gates, and the politicians do not know what Anthony Fauci is saying in medical journals when they are so suddenly obsessed with Anthony Fauci and covid that they are setting policies of how their governments and institutions are operating over covid?

    The media has failed America.

    Andrea Iravani

  2. TEST says:

    Good ol’ technofascist leftists Gobbles would be jealous

  3. Andrea.Iravani. says:

    The great news is that according to Gallup, 56% of Americans polled believe that they are better off than they were four years ago, which would make the likelihood of the civil war that the deep state has been demanding highly unlikely!

    Yeah, we are doing better than before! Let’s have a civil war!  It just doesn’t carry any weight by way of logic, at least as far as I’m concerned.

    Only approximately 55% of eligible voters vote in elections, with roughly half supporting Republicans and roughly half supporting Democrats, so whoever gets elected is seldom supported by more than 35% of Americans, meaning that there is a majority opposition for every elected official, hence the silent majority term.

    Andrea Iravani

  4. slenderghost says:

    Twitter fined $100,000.

    Oh yes, that’ll learn ’em.

    Years ago I was a troubled homeless vet. Along the way I received a $1,000 fine for what amounted to public intoxication…as a homeless vet. So, proportionally speaking I was fined WAY more than Twitter for a bullshit charge that I couldn’t defend properly…because I was a homeless vet.

    Am I making myself clear?

  5. Darth Skippy says:

    We have argued against tyrants, saying how no one is ultimately perfect, yet willfully live under a tyranny of the majority.

    What’s worse than ugly laws and keeping up with the Jones’. I live in a ruined neighborhood and cannot point in any single direction toward ordinary, human neighbors, having fallen from first world trappings. Many of you work for the city, under these living conditions.

    That 51% of these people had supposedly consented to some arbitrary rule has no bearing, whatsoever, on whether they are ethical or lack basic objectivity.

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