Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey got to play good cop last week, publicly shunning paid political ads just as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg promoted them.
Sandberg said paid political ads are worth only one percent of their revenue so not normally worth the hassle, but they’re sticking with it because Mark believes in free expression.
Why would Twitter need to take paid political ads if its USP is real time dissidence surveillance?
Its the short term attention market. Futures in info. The less friction the better.
All about volatility.
And Jack ain’t no Punter. He’s the House.
we know far more than what we know we know, and far less than what we don’t know we don’t know
This story has been doing the rounds. I believe one of the Twitter staff arrested by the FBI is a US citizen and the other two are Saudis.US-charges-former-Twitter-staff-with-spying-for-Saudi-Arabia-Financial-Times
Interesting how the FBI are upset with the Saudis for using a US firm to spy on Saudi dissidents.
Of course in the UK we had a Saudi / Scottish Tory / DUP connection making significant contributions to the Brexit ad campaigns.
And Evening Standard and Independent owning Russian Oligarchs Alexander and Evgeny Lebedev sold 30% of their company Lebedev Holdings to the Saudis in 2017.
This was “investigated” under a public interest intervention by the then Media Secretary Jeremy Wright and by Ofcom, the media regulator, which is still run by Sharon White who has attended Bilderberg meetings with Evening Standard Editor, George Osborne.
Osborne was often in agreement with White’s husband Robert Chote who ran the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) which George Osborne created to supposedly police his budgets when he was Chancellor but then became known as the Treasury’s poodle.
Surpise surprise OFCOM found the Lebedevs innocent of allowing foreign influence. Even though it is plain to see. The reason given was that the government were too slow to act.
This was Amol Rajan with the Osborne “Exclusive”
Rajan had been an adviser to Lebedev for years.
He backed the Tories in the 2015 election
Here he is talking up Osborne’s appointment as Evening Standard editor to to former Murdoch Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil
This story isn’t going to be going away. All eyes on Amol Rajan.