MRC’s Brent Bozell: Twitter Ban on Political Ads an Attempt to Muzzle Conservatives

October 31st, 2019 2:28 PM

RESTON, VA — On Thursday, Media Research Center Founder and President Brent Bozell released a statement about Twitter’s decision to ban all political advertising. Bozell called the explanation “laughable” and an attempt to “further limit the ability of conservatives to get their message heard.” 

Here’s the full statement from Bozell: 

“To pretend Twitter is taking the moral high ground in banning political ads is laughable. Twitter sees the backlash Facebook has received for embracing free speech in advertising and with this ban, hopes to force their hand into doing the same.

A key reason organizations and individuals buy ads is to promote an issue that they cannot get covered by conventional means. We have seen how the social media giants have used their content policies to suppress conservative speech. Because of this, liberal messaging dominates Twitter and by restricting ads, Twitter can further limit the ability of conservatives to get their message heard. 

By including ‘issue ads’ in this ban, Twitter has given itself the power to draw the lines on what is and is not ‘political.’ Make no mistake, this is not an easily defined space and with Twitter’s history of liberal activism, conservatives should be very concerned.”

Here is the Bozell statement on Twitter.