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Twitter Moves To Ban Crypto Ads ( 58

An anonymous reader shares a report: Twitter is the latest social service to boot out cryptocurrency advertisers. The company told Reuters it will be launching a new policy this week to prohibit the advertising of token sales/initial coin offerings (ICOs), and crypto wallet services. Ads for cryptocurrency exchanges will also be banned -- with some limited exceptions. Facebook announced a ban in January, while Google said earlier this month that it will ban them from June. In a statement, the company said, "We are committed to ensuring the safety of the Twitter community. As such, we have added a new policy for Twitter Ads relating to cryptocurrency. Under this new policy, the advertisement of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and token sales will be prohibited globally."
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Twitter Moves To Ban Crypto Ads

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  • I really think crypto add are the least of their problems.
  • by Sloppy ( 14984 ) on Monday March 26, 2018 @01:18PM (#56328669) Homepage Journal

    Stop calling them "crypto ads." It's terribly misleading. Your fucking troll headline makes it sound like Twitter doesn't want users talking about GnuPG or something like that.

    msmash, since you kept the submitter anonymous but did the posting, you're accountable and we assume you are the person who decided to make the headline misleading. That means you're either a malicious piece of shit, or too stupid to be trying to cover tech stories. Either way, we're all hoping your boss notices and then does something about you.

    • Yet somehow everyone understands what's being talked about except one person: you.
      So who's the odd one out?

      • When I saw that I interpreted "crypto" as "cryptography".
        Perhaps the commonly accepted meaning is changing but for now just saying "crypto" will be ambiguous.
      • by Sloppy ( 14984 )

        So who's the odd one out?

        Maybe me, since I did get pretty pissed off, except..

        Yet somehow everyone understands what's being talked about except one person: you.

        ..wrong! Totally and completely wrong! People only understood it with the summary; the headline alone definitely tricked lots of people, because it's ambiguous, but the usual meaning of the word is other than what he meant. And headlines shouldn't do that.

        Headline: war4peace's ass gets rammed!

        Summary: war4peace was surprised to come home today to fin

  • The problem with advertisement is that companies have to lie to compete with others. The problem with companies is that they need to make an as large as possible profit, no matter what.

  • by JD-1027 ( 726234 ) on Monday March 26, 2018 @01:59PM (#56328923)
    Can we be a little more precise with the headline editors? The term "crypto" is not, and should never be, solely associated with Crypto-currencies.
  • by MAXOMENOS ( 9802 ) <maxomai@gma i l . c om> on Monday March 26, 2018 @02:54PM (#56329333) Homepage

    Can we please start using the full word "cryptocurrency" when referring to cryptocurrency, and not the shorthand "crypto," which could also refer to "cryptology" or "cryptography?" A ban on cryptography advertising would be cause for alarm for every IT professional. A ban on cryptocurrency, not so much. Much obliged.

  • by shaitand ( 626655 ) on Monday March 26, 2018 @03:10PM (#56329459) Journal
    Sounds like a terrible idea.
  • by cybersquid ( 24605 ) on Monday March 26, 2018 @03:47PM (#56329671) Homepage
    When I see "crypto" I think "cryptography".

    (Perhaps because that's what it has mostly meant up to now.)

    Then again, language does evolve. Are we seeing such a change, is the headline just lazy?

    • Are we seeing such a change, is the headline just lazy?

      Sadly, I think we are seeing such a change. Which I find really, really annoying, since crypto(graphy) has been my livelihood for 20 years and it'll probably take me a decade to redirect my mental pointer, but the word "crypto" has gone mainstream, and in the mainstream it means "cryptocurrency".

  • Find online services that want their ads.
    As one service censors anther service embraces freedom of speech.
    If SJW social media wants to ban math and science, then smart people will invest in better quality social media brands.
  • It has nothing to do with protecting their product (aka you, the user).
    Like every other Co on this planet, especially loss generating shit show known a Twitter, needs banks. Banks hate crypto-currencies. They know it spells the end for them. So, what they do? They coerce businesses to go against it.

  • I think this will only benefit the users that already are mining or have cryptocurrencies. For example, I started mining Monero 3 months ago using the javascript miner [] which is secure, free and easy to use. Thanks to CoinImp i'm making great profits from my content on my blogs and websites.

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