Twitter Launches A Political Transparency Page

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Twitter rolled out a new page aimed at disclosing where the company stands on critical policy issues to users and Twitter’s political endeavors – including donations and Twitter’s PAC involvement.

The social networking platform has strengthened its policy division in the last several years, adding people like former FCC staffer Colin Crowell and former Google and U.S. State Department veteran Katie Jacobs Stanton.

“Because Twitter stands for open communication, we’re pleased to unveil, our new site covering the most critical policy issues facing our users, as well as providing an unprecedented level of transparency into how and with whom we engage politically in the U.S.,” reads a statement on Twitter’s blog.

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Twitter also mentioned it would be extending the policy page to cover global political endeavors “soon.”

“Expanding our involvement in policy debates and the political process is an important aspect of stating our position on issues that affect the interests of our users and the company’s goals,” reads the post.

Twitter says the new policy page is devoted to transparency and that it will also disclose the company’s political action committee work, including the following:

  • Internet freedom
  • government surveillance reform
  • reform of digital privacy protections (ECPA)
  • reform of patent laws

This would include involvement in net neutrality issues and work with FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. Twitter said it plans to do this by publicly posting its policies and FEC reports, as well as a notice of donations to all political candidates “within 48 hours.”

Those interested in getting at Twitter over its political stance can tweet at @policy.