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 BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Warren, Khanna request IG investigation into Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds MORE (D-Mass.) condemned Facebook for running an anti-Biden ad from President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick 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.