Elon Musk has announced the removal of a ban on political advertisements on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter. The ban had initially been implemented to combat misinformation.
This move comes less than a week after former President Donald Trump made his return to the platform, posting a police mugshot from his arrest in Georgia.
Trump’s return to the platform signifies his comeback after being permanently suspended in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021. Musk, who acquired the platform in the previous year, reinstated Trump’s access in November 2022.
In a blog post, X explained that the decision to allow political ads aligns with their commitment to promoting free expression. However, X emphasized its policies against promoting false or misleading information that undermines public confidence in the electoral process.
X also plans to expand its safety and election teams to counter manipulation on the platform and provide a center for the review of political ads.
The platform intends to update its Civic Integrity Policy to protect elections from content intended to intimidate or deceive voters while still prioritizing open expression. X’s stance is to empower users to express their opinions and engage in open debate during elections while not acting as the sole arbiter of truth in cases of disputed information.
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