The search engine giant, Google has revealed that they will start support responsible political advertising, and expect all political ads and destinations to comply with local legal requirements, including campaign and election laws and mandated election “silence periods,” for any geographic areas they target
Google paused all political advertisements in January when Trump’s mobs invaded U.S. Capitol in the run up to the presidential inauguration.
Facebook Inc has also paused political ads after the Nov. 3 election, only briefly unfreezing ads around the US Senate election in Georgia earlier this month. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on when the ban would be lifted.
In the United States, election ads include ads that feature:
1. A current officeholder or candidate for an elected federal office. This includes federal offices such as that of the President or Vice President of the United States, members of the United States House of Representatives or United States Senate
2. A current officeholder or candidate for a state-level elected office, such as Governor, Secretary of State, or member of a state legislature
3. A federal or state level political party
4. A state-level ballot measure, initiative, or proposition that has qualified for the ballot in its state
The search engine company also went ahead to disclosed that Non-compliance with their political content policies may result in information about your account and political ads being disclosed publicly or to relevant government agencies and regulators.