Google considers changes to political ad policy: report

Google considers changes to political ad policy: report
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Google is considering changing its political ad policy, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. The move comes just one week after Facebook and Twitter have discussed their future handling of political ads.

Sources told the Journal that Google has been conducting internal meetings and plans to share information with its employees this week. The specifics and the timeline for the changes are unclear at this time.

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Several Google employees suggested to the newspaper the adjustments may involve restrictions on what audiences ad buyers can target.

The Hill has reached out to Google for comment.

Last week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the social media platform would no longer accept political advertising. His announcement followed contentious congressional testimony from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg when he defended his company's policy to not fact-check political ads.

Last month, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Mass.) condemned Facebook for running an anti-Biden ad from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE’s reelection campaign. The ad alleged Biden wanted to remove a Ukrainian prosecutor because he was looking into the company where Biden’s son sat on the board. Google also ran the ad on its YouTube platform. 

Google’s consideration comes at a time when platforms are dealing with criticism about spreading misinformation, specifically about U.S. politics and involving elections.