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Twitter ban on political ads throws down gauntlet at Facebook

Pressure on social media to curb fake news to intensify at ASEAN meeting this weekend

TOKYO -- Twitter's decision to ban political advertising is set to intensify the pressure on social media companies around the world to combat the spread of fake news, especially as rival Facebook has recently ruled out a similar ban.

The move, announced in a tweet by chief executive Jack Dorsey, appeared to be aimed directly at Facebook's policy of allowing politicians to run any claims -- even false ones -- and follows last week's grilling in Washington of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg by U.S. lawmakers.

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