Twitter: Ads that ‘contradict the scientific consensus’ on climate change now prohibited

In a move to coincide with Earth Day, Twitter has announced it will no longer accept advertisements on its platform that “contradict the scientific consensus on climate change.”

In what the company calls a “climate-forward approach to ads,” Twitter stated in a blog posted Friday, “People around the world use Twitter to connect with others passionate about protecting our planet.”

“Last year, we introduced a dedicated Topic to help people find personalized conversations about climate change. … To better serve these conversations, misleading advertisements on Twitter that contradict the scientific consensus on climate change are prohibited, in line with our inappropriate content policy,” the blog reads.

While it does not appear at this point that the ban will extend to users’ posts, under Twitter’s existing inappropriate content policy, ads that include such things as dangerous or exploitative content, misrepresentative content, vulgarity, profanity, violence, and distasteful content are already prohibited.

But user content on Twitter is under increased scrutiny, at least in Europe.

The announcement, reports the Associated Press, came just hours before the European Union reached an agreement on the Digital Services Act which requires Big Tech to crack down on “hate speech, disinformation, and other harmful content.”

To determine what defines “the scientific consensus” on the hotly contested subject of climate change, Twitter is relying upon “authoritative sources,” such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to inform their decisions. The IPCC is, according to its website, “the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.”

In other words, it would seem that the United Nations now has the power to either permit or deny a company’s ability to promote its business on Twitter.

“We believe that climate denialism shouldn’t be monetized on Twitter, and that misrepresentative ads shouldn’t detract from important conversations about the climate crisis,” Twitter’s announcement reads.

And Twitter isn’t alone. Its new policy mirrors one already in place at Google.

But what do Twitter’s users have to say about the change?

Well, as expected, many were less than pleased with the development, seeing it as yet another way in which Big Tech is silencing dissenting voices.

Alex Epstein, a self-described “philosopher and energy expert,” responded with a lengthy thread that blasts the IPCC as an “anti-human religious/political organization that systemically denies the rapid, fossil-fueled decline in climate disaster deaths.”

Steve Cortes tweeted, “Scientism, not science,” adding, “Big Tech as Big Brother.”

Cortes’s sentiments were echoed across the platform.

“This doesn’t make sense,” one user tweeted. “Why forbid scientific debate? I want to see/hear all ideas & theories then I’ll make my own decisions. Climate control is not a black/white discussion & there are thousands of subtopics which all need to be logically discussed.”

Others, like rapper and podcaster, Zuby, took a more sarcastic approach, tweeting, “History shows us that the scientific consensus is always correct.”

Another user took aim not at Twitter, but at the Associated Press’s report, stating, “what’s alarming is that the @AP doesn’t question anything. Just a complete lack of curiosity.”

And yet another user summed up the opposition with a Linus meme, proclaiming, “‘trust the science’ is the most anti science statement ever. Questioning science is how you do science!'”

As for Twitter, it promises to reveal more about its climate-forward approach in the coming months.

“In the coming months,” Twitter states, “we’ll have more to share on our work to add reliable, authoritative context to the climate conversation happening on Twitter.”

We can hardly wait.

 

 

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Betts
Betts
20 days ago

Climate change is what the earth does by God’s design. Scientific consensus, in 1970, told us a new ice age was just a few years in future. Scientific consensus, of those in the pockets of Big Pharma told us the vax was “save and effective”.

Billy
Billy
21 days ago

there is no climate crisis

AlwaysThinking
AlwaysThinking
21 days ago

Talking about misinformation.
Climate change is the second biggest BS shoved on us.

Tony winters
Tony winters
22 days ago

Just where is Twitter getting this “Climate Change Scientific Consensus,” from???  Perhaps Greta Thunberg along with John Kerry could fly in on their private jets and do a live Climate Change Pod Cast. For every Pro-Climate Change Scientist there are just as many Anti-Climate Change Scientist, so who gets to do the count, Twitter??? That sounds fair, they do the count and they decide who is right???

RayMan
RayMan
22 days ago

Twitter, what ever happened to free speech and dissension. I guess the gubment must be making life for you better. I wonder how. $$$$$$$$$$$$$.

MisterStinkeye
MisterStinkeye
22 days ago

Twitter ought to spend its time going after Russia, China and India to make them clean up their “environmental” acts

Protondo
Protondo
22 days ago
Reply to  MisterStinkeye

They can’t do that.

Number one – that would make sense because they are the number one pollution generator on the planet.

Number two – they have to kiss up to the CCP because there is money to be made

Number three – they are not as smart as the Linus meme which is 100% correct!

Miffed52
Miffed52
22 days ago

Interesting thing is…they delete or omit those in the ‘scientific consensus’…that disagree with them. They only go with what supports them…no dissent or different opinions allowed. When I read what these ‘climate change’ ‘experts’ say or read something about the Left’s ‘New Green Deal’, I think…

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Spherical
Noble Member
Spherical
22 days ago

Don’t care. Anyone still using Twitter deserves to be lied to.

Budman68
Budman68
22 days ago

Another user took aim not at Twitter, but at the Associated Press’s report, stating, “what’s alarming is that the @AP doesn’t question anything. Just a complete lack of curiosity.”

Because AP is in on the scam.

Betts
Betts
20 days ago
Reply to  Budman68

The news media are all owned by the same financial giants.

Todd Nelson
Todd Nelson
22 days ago

Michael Crighton, the author, once correctly observed “There is no consensus in science and there is no science in consensus. Climate change” does not exist. It is the largest fraud in history. It was what the scammers renamed “manmade global warming” when it was observed there was no global warming, manmade or otherwise to make money off. The scammers had to figure out a way to keep the gravy train running to their wallets. That is where “climate change” came from. The ironic thing here is that you cannot advertise anything on Twitter that tries to stop the fraud. Twitter is promoting fraud, which, I believe is a felony on a grand scale. Galileo, in his oservations of the sun and planets calculated the earth revolve around the sun, not the other way around. The “scientific consensus” of the time said he was wrong , and had the Roman Catholic church excommunicate him for being a heretic. Back then, the next thing after excommunication was burning at the stake. Twitter has now annointed itself as today’s version of the Roman Catholic church. Twitter would ban the 2 recent, peer reviewed studies that say CO2 does not cause any warming at all. The statements read that doubling the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would raise global temperatures by exactly 0 degrees. So Twitter is for fraud, and against scientific truth. Elon Musk, where are you? For all those Chicken Littles, average global temperatures have been dropping since 2016. Between 2016 and 2018 average global temperatures dropped by 0.5 degree, and they are still dropping, which is why Putin is trying to conquer Ukraine. If the earth cools that much again in a short period of time, Russia loses almost 40% of its wheat growing capability. Ukraine, being slightly south of Russia, will be able to maintain it crop output. FJB

Betts
Betts
20 days ago
Reply to  Todd Nelson

You are mostly correct except that the church simply put Galileo on house arrest in his palatial mansion. It wasn’t because of what he said about the earth revolving around the sun. A catholic priest by the name of Copernicus already said that a long time before and the Church agreed this might be the case. At any rate, astronomy is not a religious concern. Galileo was put on house arrest because of his obnoxious behavior against the Church and every other scientist who believed otherwise at the time. He made himself persons-non grata in society.

Steve Fuller
Steve Fuller
22 days ago

Continues to block views they don’t agree with … be it free or paid for ….. Elon come forth!

IraMad
IraMad
22 days ago

No further discussion or debate.
Settled tyranny.
Go Elon!!

Mike E V
Mike E V
22 days ago

Scientific consensus? The term itself is an oxymoron. In true science there is no such thing as a consensus as science is constantly changing and making new discoveries all the time. Only those who are in fear of losing funding have come to a consensus on climate change. The interesting morsel is how the general public sees right through it. Most know the Sun is the largest contributor to climate variations and until there is an open, unregulated discussion on the subject of climate variations there will always be skeptics. Rightfully so.

Attila
Attila
22 days ago

Of course climate is changing. It has been changing for millions of years before humans occupied the earth. And it will be changing for millions of years after we are gone. And we will be gone quite soon if we decide to stop extracting fossil fuels and use wind and sun as our ONLY source of energy.

ONLYJB1
ONLYJB1
23 days ago

Your way or the highway. Wow, just destroying our 1st Amendment RIGHT.
Well, EFF YOU.

hey gee
hey gee
23 days ago

Scientific studies have shown that two out of three liberals are just as stupid as the other one

Remember folks, it’s the science

Protondo
Protondo
22 days ago
Reply to  hey gee

I love that!

Gary Bell
Gary Bell
23 days ago

Go Elon. Fix this progressive woke company and get truth back.

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