This comes as twitter and other online platforms have faced growing political scrutiny around the role they may have played in spreading misinformation, particularly in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
For example, House Democrats recently released thousands of Russian-funded political facebook ads, and Facebook will reportedly release its own ad transparency tool this week. (In fact, as this story publishes, I’m at a facebook press event focused on ad transparency.)
Twitter says that with this tool, you should be able to search for any twitter handle and bring up all the ad campaigns from that account that have run for the past seven days. For political advertisers in the U.S., there will be additional data, including information around billing, ad spend, impressions per tweet and demographic targeting.
Everyone should be able to access the Ads Transparency Center, no login required.
As part of the political ad guidelines that twitter announced last month, the company says it will be visually identifying ads that are tied to federal elections in the United States. Over time, it plans to develop a policy specifically around “issue ads” (i.e. political ads that aren’t explicitly promoting a candidate) and looking for ways to expand these policies internationally.
“We are doing our due diligence to get this right and will have more updates to come,” writes twitter’s Bruce Falck in a blog post. “We stay committed to iterating and improving our work in this space, and doing what’s right for our community.”
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