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Twitter ordered to pay Washington state $100K for violating campaign finance laws

Washington’s attorney general said Tuesday that Twitter has been ordered to pay the state of Washington $100,000 for violating the state’s campaign finance laws.

The state’s complaint alleged that Twitter failed to “maintain and make available for public inspection documents and books of account specifying statutorily required information concerning political advertising sponsored through Twitter’s online platform,” in violation of RCW 42.17A. More specifically, Twitter violated RCW 42.17A.345 and WAC 390-18-050 by failing to provide timely information about Twitter political advertisements to an inquirer. The complaint further alleges that the lack of action taken by Twitter was negligent and/or intentional.

By paying $100,000 to Washington state, Twitter’s liability with respect to political advertisements posted on Twitter has been resolved. However, this agreement does not waive future challenges of adherence to RCW 42.17A.345 or WAC 390-18-050.