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Politics Democrats lambaste tech companies over changes to political ads

23:35  22 november  2019
23:35  22 november  2019 Source:   politico.com

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Lately, big tech companies that run ad networks have all outlined changes to their political ads policy in response to the increased public and regulatory scrutiny they face ahead of the upcoming elections. Their approaches are different, but they all have some restrictions in place to crack down on

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Democrats are rebuking Google and Twitter for recent changes to their policies on how elected officials and political candidates can advertise to prospective voters on their platforms.

a store front at day: Google this Wednesday announced new restrictions to prevent campaigns from targeting ads using especially granular information about individual users.© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Google this Wednesday announced new restrictions to prevent campaigns from targeting ads using especially granular information about individual users.

A joint statement from leaders of the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says tech companies should be ensuring political ads are accurate, rather than restricting the ability to target those ads or scrapping them altogether.

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The political ad ban also might not have much impact on widely followed accounts, including “In a democracy , I don’t think it’s right for private companies to censor politicians or the news,” Zuckerberg said. A Facebook policy lets politicians lie in ads , leaving Democrats fearing what Trump will do.

Tech companies face increased criticism over how they handle political speech, including advertisements . Earlier in the day, the Trump campaign also criticized Facebook in a tweet for considering changes to its political advertising policy , saying it “wants to take important tools away

The statement only explicitly singles out Google and its move to limit targeting capabilities, but it also alludes to Twitter's decision, effective in the U.S. today, to ban campaigns, elected officials, PACs and other expressly political groups from advertising.

"A blanket ban on all political advertising is a cop-out that fails to combat disinformation and harms voters' ability to participate in our democracy, affecting voters of color in particular," the statement said.

Google this Wednesday announced new restrictions to prevent campaigns from targeting ads using especially granular information about individual users, limiting them instead to demographic details like age, gender and zip code. That change takes effect early next year in the U.S.

"Tech companies should not reduce the power of the grassroots just because it is easier than addressing abuse on their platform," the statement said.

Silicon Valley has come under mounting pressure for how it handles political ads. Facebook has endured the bulk of the criticism and is currently weighing changes to its own permissive political advertising rules. Google and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Google’s Limits on Political Ads Have a Loophole Trump Could Tap .
Google is pulling powerful targeting tools from political advertisers, a move that prompted a sharp rebuke from President Donald Trump’s campaign. Because of the changes outlined last month, campaigns that use Google to place election ads on Google Search, YouTube and other websites can no longer target them to a particular audience based on political affiliation.But the new policy has a loophole that means large swathes of Google ad space on the web can still be highly targeted by candidates and other political groups looking to sway voters during the 2020 election.

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