Twitter suspends all advertising in Russia and Ukraine to stay focused on safety

Twitter Inc. said it has suspended all advertising in Russia and Ukraine, seeking to ensure that promotional messages do not harm public safety information sent through the social network.

The San Francisco-based company won’t run ads in these markets and will also limit tweet recommendations that appear in users’ timelines from accounts they don’t already follow to limit the spread of misleading and abusive content.

Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, attacking from the north, east and south of the country. Russian troops bomb Ukrainian cities in an effort to capture the capital, Kiev.

Twitter previously said it was “monitoring emerging stories that violate the Twitter Rules” as part of its efforts to combat the flood of problematic content online during the war.

Meta Platforms Inc., which owns social networks Facebook and Instagram, also fact-checks and labels Russian state-owned media posts. The Russian government said earlier on Friday that it would partially restrict Facebook in the country.

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