Joe Biden's presidential campaign sent a letter to Twitter on Wednesday calling for the platform to refuse all political displays of Donald Trump's re-election campaign that turned out to be misleading or false.
Twitter did not respond to the campaign's call, but said in a statement to The Verge on Thursday night that Trump's ad campaign on Biden would focus on Ukraine – which would unfoundedly claim the former vice-president would have Ukraine forced to shoot A public prosecutor tied to his son Hunter did not break the rules of the platform.
"The ad you're advertising is currently in violation with our policies," says a Twitter spokesperson. "Besides, we received the letter and intend to respond." The Biden campaign did not respond immediately to a request to comment on Twitter.
The move follows a week full of letters and inquiries from Biden's campaign urging the news media and social media platforms to stop making false or misleading political ads. In letters from The Verge the Biden campaign on Facebook and Twitter pleads to block this advertising:
No company should allow themselves to be a tool to mislead the public in any matter to lead, let alone in as important as the health of our democracy. It's one thing to give President Trump the opportunity to spread lies from his own account. It's quite another to benefit from paid ads that mirror the same lies.
We ask you to make this distinction between a politician's personal account and paid advertising content, just as Twitter does in any other context.
Facebook responded to a similar request from Biden's team this week, rejecting the idea of banning misleading advertising.