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The state of this! Twitter’s advertising ban is ideological & anti-democratic

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Repeat after me (with robotic hand movements): “state-controlled news media entities bad; ‘state-subsidised’ ‘private’ news media entities good!”

This seems to be the logic that Twitter is working from in light of its announcement on Monday.

The move seems to be a reaction to criticism of the social media platform for accepting advertising buys from the Chinese press agency Xinhua, which has been critical of the anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

But underlying the new policy is some very muddled thinking. The premise seems to be that ‘state-controlled news media entities‘ are inherently biased, and so should have their social media activities curbed whereas as ‘privately-controlled’ media entities aren’t. It elevates the ‘state’ as the most powerful actor there is.

But is this really true? Ask yourself this question: who has more influence, ‘state-controlled news media entities’ of say Belarus, or the gi-normous Murdoch media empire, which has, over the past thirty years or so, been relentlessly and quite shamelessly propagandising for neocon wars of aggression? But advertising from News Corp will not be affected by the........

© RT.com