Google Pressured to Pick a Side on Social Media Political Ads Battle

As Twitter has banned political ads on its website while Facebook has continued allowing similar ads, search engine giant Google is being pressured to take a side on the divisive issue, Politico reports.

Politico reports that Google, which owns the video-sharing giant YouTube, has earned over $120 million from political ads since May of 2018, which accounted for over one-tenth of Google’s overall revenue.

Up to this point, Google seems to have maintained the same approach as Facebook in allowing political ads on its site. As a result, it has taken criticism from political figures on both sides of the aisle. Democratic senators such as Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) have demanded that Google take Twitter’s side and ban political ads, while Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that Google should maintain its current policy of allowing such ads.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s announcement that the micro-blogging platform would discontinue all political ads sparked a chain reaction of other tech companies doing the same, including Pinterest, LinkedIn, TikTok, and Twitch.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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