November 1, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The American Association of Political Consultants’ (AAPC) bipartisan Executive Committee, led by President Rose Kapolczynski (D) and Vice President Becki Donatelli (R), released the following statement regarding the decision by Twitter to ban all political advertisements on its social media platform:
“Twitter’s decision to ban political advertising endangers a campaign’s ability to tell its own story and will lead to a less engaged and less informed electorate.
As a private company, Twitter can decide who to do business with, but this decision flies in the face of the American tradition of major media corporations allowing legitimate organizations to advertise and make their case in elections and policy debates.
The AAPC supports efforts to identify and shut down bots and fake accounts. The AAPC Ethics Code rejects false advertising and requires documentation of claims in political ads.
To strengthen our democracy, we should clean up the flow of political advertising, not shut off the tap.”
About the American Association of Political Consultants
Founded in 1969, the AAPC is a multi-partisan organization of political and public affairs professionals dedicated to improving democracy. The AAPC has over 1,500 members hailing from all corners of the globe. It is the largest association of political and public affairs professionals in the world. AAPC members pledge to adhere to its Professional Code of Ethics. For more information, see www.theaapc.org.