On political advertising, Google tweaks its rules

Google’s new rules will kick in before the UK’s December 12 general election. Alphabet Inc’s Google will stop giving advertisers the ability to target election advertisements using data such as public voter records and general political affiliations, the company said in a blog post. The move comes as social media platforms are under pressure over their handling of political advertising ahead of the US presidential election in 2020. Social media giant Facebook Inc has been criticized by lawmakers and regulators over its decision to not fact-check ads run by politicians…

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Should political ads be banned on social media?

Twitter is banning all political advertising around the world from next month. Social media has transformed the way we debate politics. Donald Trump, the president of the United States, often uses Twitter to announce new policies, attack an opponent or even re-tweet what many consider to be misleading information. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been criticised for allowing political hate speech and misinformation to flourish on their platforms. Now, with just a year to go before the US presidential election, Twitter is banning all political advertising around the world from…

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