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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 WarnockHarris to resign from Senate seat on Monday Proud Boys member arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Warnock Georgia state senators who backed attempts to overturn presidential election stripped of committee assignments 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 TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE and other Republicans continue to challenge the results of the presidential election after President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE was projected the winner over the weekend. 

A campaign spokesperson for Warnock, who will face off against Georgia Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid McConnell has said he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses: report Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win 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 concedes to Warnock Hawley to still object to Pennsylvania after Capitol breached Hillary Clinton trolls McConnell: 'Senate Minority Leader' 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 PerdueNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid McConnell has said he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses: report Trump's legacy is discord and division 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.