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According to a Geekwire report, Google has stopped all political advertising te Washington after AG Ferguson sued both Google and Facebook to force them to serve with the relevant locorregional laws.
Google, Facebook And Washington Campaign Finance Laws
More specifically, Ferguson argued ter the lawsuit that both Google and Facebook have failed to maintain legally required information for political advertising done ter Washington state through the companies’ online platforms since 2013.
Washington state campaign finance laws require commercial advertisers that sell political advertising to maintain information about those who purchase ads. The advertisers are also required to make that information available to the public. Ferguson said that Washington state documents showcase that candidates have paid $1.Five million to Google and $Trio.Four million to Facebook for advertisements ter the past decade.
“Washington’s political advertising disclosure laws apply to everyone, whether you are a small-town newspaper or a large corporation. Washingtonians have a right to know who’s paying for the political advertising they see.”
He also noted that advertisers are required to collect information such spil:
- The name of the candidate or measure supported or opposed,
- The dates the advertiser provided the service,
- The name and address of the person who sponsored the advertising, and
- The total cost of the advertising, who paid for it (which may be different than the sponsor) and what method of payment they used.
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Earlier this April, Fergon’s office received citizen activity notices alleging that Google and Facebook haven’t provided any of that legally required information.
Ferguson added that te Washington citizens are also able to ask advertisers about who is paying for the political ads they run. Both Google and Facebook failed to abide by that law when Eli Sanders, the associate editor of The Stranger, hand-delivered a letterteken to both companies asking them for information on municipal election political advertising.
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Despite all the gegevens gathering both Google and Facebook are doing on their users, the companies don’t seem to have obtained or maintained information required for campaign advertisers, including the names of those who paid for political ads or the total amount of money for which they bought those ads.
The Washington state now seeks penalties and injunctive ease. Google and Facebook will have 20 days to react to the state’s complaint.