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Twitter says a now-fixed bug allowed ad campaigns to target users with derogatory terms

Twitter says a now-fixed bug allowed ad campaigns to target users with derogatory terms
From TechCrunch - September 16, 2017

Add Twitter to the list of companies that have had to respond to questions around the ability to target ad campaigns against derogatory keywords in their advertising platform, though Twitter says this was a result of a bug.

We determined these few campaigns were able to go through because of a bug that we have now fixed, a Twitter spokespersons aid. Twitter prohibits and prevents ad campaigns involving offensive or inappropriate content, and we will continue to strongly enforce our policies.

Reports came out this week that advertisers were able to target ads based on a collection of derogatory keywords on Facebook. Facebook yesterday told TechCrunch that it is now working to prevent such offensive entries in demographic traits from appearing as addressable categories. Google, too, seemed to face a similar problem.

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