Twitter Bans Ads From Russian Cybersecurity Company Kaspersky Lab

| April 21 , 2018 , 17:10 IST

Social media website Twitter has on Friday has banned ads from Moscow based cyber-security company, Kaspersky Lab as the company’s business model conflicts with advertising rules.

The ban follows charges by Washington that Kaspersky Lab has close ties to intelligence agencies in Moscow and its software could be used to enable Russian spying.

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Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied the allegations, saying it will open up its code for inspection so that experts can hunt for vulnerabilities in its products that could be exploited by intelligence agencies, and it has asked a U.S. federal court to overturn the ban.

The owner of the cyber-security company responded to this ban in his blog post and insisted Twitter reconsider its ban.

“We haven’t violated any written – or unwritten – rules, and our business model is quite simply the same template business model that’s used throughout the whole cybersecurity industry: We provide users with products and services, and they pay us for them,” he said.

A communication from Twitter on the issue reads, "Twitter has made a policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Kaspersky Lab. This decision is based on our determination that Kaspersky Lab operates using a business model that inherently conflicts with acceptable Twitter Ads business practices. Kaspersky Lab may remain an organic user on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules."

It is unheard of for Twitter to ban specific advertisers. In October it banned Russian media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik, accusing them of interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections. In March 2018, Twitter banned cryptocurrency ads.