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Warnock campaign calls Facebook, Google extending ad bans 'irresponsible' ahead of Georgia runoff

Warnock campaign calls Facebook, Google extending ad bans 'irresponsible' ahead of Georgia runoff
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Georgia Senate candidate Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockExclusive: Conservative group targets vulnerable Democrats over abortion Racial reparations at the USDA Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda MORE’s (D) campaign blasted reported plans by Facebook and Google to extend their post-election bans on political advertising ahead of his pivotal runoff election.

The companies previously said the bans, intended to combat misinformation, would likely stay in place for a week after the election with the possibility for extension. Both companies are now set to extend the bans further as President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE and other Republicans continue to challenge the results of the presidential election after President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE was projected the winner over the weekend. 

A campaign spokesperson for Warnock, who will face off against Georgia Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Herschel Walker skips Georgia's GOP convention Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock MORE (R) on Jan. 5, called plans to extend the ban “ridiculous.”

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“Facebook and Google have made an irresponsible decision to ban political ads during the critical weeks of this runoff election and it cannot stand,” Terrence Clark, communications director for Warnock’s Senate campaign, said in a statement.

“There are other measures these platforms should and must take to address disinformation,” Clark said. “But preventing campaigns from sharing crucial information about how to register to vote, sign up for an absentee ballot and how to ensure their vote counts amounts to voter suppression.”

He added that both companies should make “an exemption in these runoffs to allow candidates to communicate with voters on these platforms.”

Asked if an exception for the Georgia runoffs might be made, a spokesperson for Facebook said the ban “applies to all ads about politics and social issues in the US and we aren’t able to provide a specific end date for this temporary pause.”

Google did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Hill. 

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The race between Warnock and Loeffler, who was appointed following the retirement of Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Loeffler group targets Democrats with billboards around baseball stadium Warnock raises nearly M since January victory MORE (R), is only one of two Georgia senate runoffs set for early next year.

The Peach State will also see a runoff between Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' MORE (R) and Democrat Jon Ossoff after both fell short of clinching 50 percent of the vote in last week’s election.

Democrats need to win both races to capture the Senate majority.