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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 BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Biden says US will have enough vaccine for all adults by end of May | Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March | Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates Biden picks for financial agencies offer preview of regulatory agenda Becerra tells Warren he will do 'thorough review' of executive actions on drug prices MORE (D-Mass.) condemned Facebook for running an anti-Biden ad from President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm 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.