Kaspersky Lab has been having a rough go of things in the United States ever since they’ve been accused of having ties to Russian intelligence. The company’s Chief Executive, Eugene Kaspersky, has been defending the company insisting the claims are baseless. Kaspersky has even opened up the code to his software for a full inspection. Now, Kaspersky Lab has gotten its ads banned from Twitter. Twitter claims Kaspersky Lab’s business model is in conflict with its advertising rules. Kaspersky’s Chief Executive was taken by surprise by Twitter’s move and has asked them to reconsider.
“We haven’t violated any written – or unwritten – rules, and our business model is quite simply the same template business model that’s used throughout the whole cybersecurity industry: We provide users with products and services, and they pay us for them,” he said.
Department of Homeland Security cyber-security official Jeanette Manfra said her agency has not instructed U.S. companies to punish Kaspersky.
“We laid out a very transparent process and how we came to our decision,” to ban Kaspersky products from government networks, she said at a panel at the RSA security conference in San Francisco. “I would defer to the companies for how they made their decisions.”
Twitter officially respond to inquiries asking about the banning of Kaspersky Lab ads:
“This decision is based on our determination that Kaspersky Lab operates using a business model that inherently conflicts with acceptable Twitter Ads business practices.”
Kaspersky has a lot going on and is going to need to claw its way through the mess if they hope to get out from under. It will be interesting to see how the public reacts to these moves being made against the company.
Last Updated on April 21, 2018.