Twitter fined for violating US election laws

The authorities of the US state of Washington fined Twitter 100 thousand dollars for violating the law on the financing of Federal election campaigns, said the state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

The ruling was issued by the Supreme Court of King County, Washington. The Attorney General noted that the company did not save data on local political ads placed on the social network between 2012 and November 22, 2019, which violates state law.

“Open access to information on political advertising is essential for a free and informed electorate,” Ferguson said. “Whether you are a local newspaper or an international social network, you must comply with our campaign finance laws,” he added.

It is noted that in the period from 2012 to 2019, Twitter earned almost 200 thousand dollars for placing political ads for local candidates on its platform.