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Twitter to pay $100,000 over campaign finance violations

October 13, 2020 GMT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Twitter is the latest social media giant to pay for violations of Washington state’s campaign finance disclosure rules.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday the company agreed to pay $100,000 for failing to maintain records related to ads that ran from 2012 through 2019, when Twitter banned political advertising.

Companies are required to maintain records about who paid for ads, when they ran, how much they cost, and the name of the candidate or measure supported or opposed.

Facebook and Google previously agreed to settlements of $200,000 each, though Ferguson filed a second lawsuit against Facebook in April, this time arguing that the violations were intentional.

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“Transparency in political advertising is critical to a free and informed electorate,” Ferguson said in a news release. “Whether you are a local newspaper or a multinational social media platform, you must follow our campaign finance laws.”