Twitter Allegedly Violated Washington’s Laws on Political Advertising Disclosures

  • Washington AG Bob Ferguson reached a settlement with Twitter, Inc. to resolve allegations that it failed to maintain appropriate records of political advertising revenues in violation of Washington’s campaign disclosure laws.
  • The complaint alleged that Twitter received over $194,000 for political advertising on its platform but failed to disclose records that it is required to disclose under Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission rules for digital political advertisers. These records include the name of the candidate, the name and address of the person sponsoring the advertising, the total cost of the advertising, and the method of payment used, among other things.
  • Under the terms of the stipulation and agreed judgment, Twitter will pay $100,000 to the state.