Twitter to pay Washington $100,000 for campaign finance violations

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SEATTLE — Twitter has been fined $100,000 for multiple campaign violations in the state of Washington, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced.

A judge ruled at least 38 candidates paid nearly $200,000 for political advertising on Twitter between 2012 and 2019 and Twitter failed to keep records for those ads as required by Washington state law.

Twitter stopped accepting political advertisements in Nov. 2019.

Washington campaign finance law requires commercial advertisers, including popular social media platforms, to collect information on the sources and payments of political advertising and make it available for public inspection within 24 hours of the ad’s publication, Ferguson’s office said.

The violations came to light when a researcher asked Twitter for the information in 2018 on 12 campaign ads, but Twitter did not fulfill the request for two months.

The $100,000 will go into the state’s Public Disclosure Transparency Account.

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