Gutless Twitter caved to Feds and abandoned RT after begging it for ad sales — Lionel

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In a pathetic move, Twitter has banned ads from RT and Sputnik over alleged meddling in the 2016 US election. RT’s editor-in-chief says the move will spark retaliation from Moscow, and has revealed that Twitter pushed RT to spend ad money during the presidential campaign. The social network says it will give away money already earned from the two companies.

RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan commented on Twitter’s decision, saying it was “highly regrettable” and could serve as a precursor to retaliatory measures towards US media.

“I never thought that Twitter is under the control of the US security services – it seemed like a conspiracy theory. But now Twitter appears to have admitted it,” Simonyan told RIA Novosti news agency. “This is highly regrettable. It is particularly regrettable that now US media operating in Russia will feel the tender response of the Russian authorities.”

Simonyan earlier posted the social network’s own pitch for an RT advertising campaign ahead of last year’s election, in which Twitter said that the news site would provide an “unbiased point view of the US Elections with an edge.”

“Hope Jack Dorsey [Twitter CEO] won’t forget to tell Congress how Twitter pitched RT to spend big $$s on US election ad campaign,” tweeted Simonyan.

RT turned down Twitter’s advertising pitch, which proposed potentially investing millions of dollars. In fact, it spent only $274,100 on all US Twitter ads in 2016 – not just during the election campaign – and has further cut the ad budget on the site this year.

The ban comes a week before Twitter management is due to testify to a US House committee over its role in supposed Russian meddling in last year’s elections. Staff from the company will appear alongside Facebook and Google employees.

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bl4ckant32 says:

Twatter is trash

El Campeador says:

A ‘Cohencidence’ ?!

Carlene Kanick says:

I hope RT will cover speech from Putin on Nov 4th, Unity day, I will be waiting for RT to publish entire speech. Hoping Putin will discuss The solar system and its planetary influence.

Bonham House says:

Who gives a flyin’ leap?

john degraw says:

Lionel is the best… .. Brings interest and clarity in topics complicated or a bore to talk about.

john degraw says:

yes the same annoying Jon in the Live stream chat that gets under Lionels skin…

GDPops says:

$20,000,000,000,000 Debt… End wasting tax $$ on Mueller collusion illusion witch hunt spawned by liars.

John Murray says:

RT has more credibility than any MSM source.

John Murray says:

Like the old 7up commercial. Twitter~ Never Had it Never Will.

Garifalo Feggariou says:

Any media obviously guilty of 2016 elections manipulation and bias propaganda was US & UK mass media

Mark Scheer says:

Lets get antitrust action against FB Twitter,Google and Youtube.I love RT because I get real news from RT,that I don't get from MSM,and the lying press.I believe Russia could and should be our best friend,though I must admit Im envious that Russia has Putin as President and we don't.

Edward Cassidy says:

Twitter is owned by the commies.

CX32 says:

Thru Twitter efforts, how many people that has never heard of RT now know about it.
Same with the Roger Stone.
Same with the 'ban' people!More they try to silence, more popular they make them.
Have they just not figured out its counter productive?

adam kovelesky says:

Too bad everyone wouldn't get together and start a revolution against these government controlled social media!!!!!!!!

Speckled Fox says:

It’s amazing because I can still run and prosper In my business without being apart of any of those platforms.

will Simpkins says:

Speaking of Russian involvement what do you ask I guess we have to talk about NASA collusion because of course whether any of you idiots have realized or not the only way our astronauts get back and forth to the space station is totally up to the Russians so I guess NASA needs to be held up and accounted by for collusion with the Russians the Democrats if you happen to be an astronaut on the space station you are hoping the Russians are our friends dumbasses

nintendoluigi says:

"everyone loves freedom of speech" – Lionel

well, except maybe…. Germany… and Russia……. and China…… and North Korea….

Downfacingdog says:

Uck Fey Itter Twey!

David Masci says:

RT should've worked with Twitter when offered the deal instead of being cheap anti-American commies. How is a private company that relies on advertising supposed to make money in a capitalist system if its clients dont want to pay for it? This isnt communist Russia where every company is propped up by the government!

neo 1916 says:

You have to laugh! All this talk about Russian meddling! The biggest meddler of them all is Israel through its AIPAC lobby group. How many standing ovations did Israeli PM Netanyahu get again when he spoke to the US congress? AIPAC money hard at work!

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