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  • Jack Dorsey has quite the sense of timing.

  • Just minutes before Facebook was set

  • to announce its latest set of financial results

  • the Twitter chief executive suddenly

  • grabbed all the headlines by announcing

  • that his company will no longer accept political advertising.

  • Political reach, he said, should be earned and not bought.

  • And that decision has refocused attention

  • on Facebook's stance of accepting any political advert

  • even if it contains manifest falsehoods.

  • That stance has got Mark Zuckerberg into trouble,

  • especially among Democrats, who are worried

  • that Donald Trump is going to flood

  • Facebook with false claims in his adverts

  • in the run up to 2020.

  • But, just as interesting as Twitter's move

  • was the political reaction it garnered.

  • Bill Russo, the deputy communications director

  • for Joe Biden, gave the move a cautious welcome,

  • saying that he was heartened that, for once, revenue

  • had not won out over political integrity.

  • But Brad Parscale, the Trump 2020 campaign director,

  • attacked Twitter for what it had done,

  • calling the move, in typical Trump campaign speak,

  • very dumb.

  • So why such different reactions given that both parties

  • will be affected by this?

  • Well, in part, I think it's a reflection of a feeling

  • here in Washington that the Republicans have

  • got the upper hand over the Democrats

  • when it comes to digital campaigning.

  • A lot of Democrats I talked to are

  • concerned that the Trump campaign built up

  • reams of voter data over the last election,

  • and has been cannier about using it ever since.

  • Now, each week, I want to try and answer

  • a question posed by one of our readers or viewers.

  • This week, a lot of people were interested in the Pentagon's

  • decision to hand a $10bn cloud computing contract to Microsoft

  • rather than Amazon.

  • And, in the comments to my piece on this, Ron Ohio asked,

  • is it really a good idea to make the security of the US

  • dependent on a single overall cloud-based farmed out service?

  • Well, Ron, it's a very good question, and one a lot

  • of people here, both in politics and the industry, are asking.

  • The Pentagon, for what it's worth,

  • says that after this contract is up and running,

  • it does intend to move to a so-called multi-cloud vendor

  • model.

  • But in the last few days, people I've

  • been speaking to think that Amazon

  • is about to hit the government with such

  • a welter of legal complaints, the DoD

  • might just change its mind altogether

  • and decide to give this contract to more than one company.

  • Thanks very much, Ron, for the question.

  • And if you have a question you'd like to ask, please enter it

  • in the comments below.

Jack Dorsey has quite the sense of timing.

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