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Google set to finally lift ban on political ads a month and a half after the Capitol riot. But don’t cross them — or else.

Following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, internet behemoth Google decided to ban political advertising in an attempt to prevent unrest in the U.S.

Now, after a month and a half of bans on ads the company decided it didn’t like, Google has declared that it will accept political advertising once again on its site starting Wednesday, Fortune reported.

But beware anyone out there who might have a mind to cross Google’s intellectual betters and try to place ads that the Alphabet Company’s notoriously left-wing leadership might consider what they now call “fake news” or that might cause someone somewhere to question the validity of our elections or American democracy.

The company made it clear that it will not look kindly on any sort of shenanigans.

“Starting on Wednesday, we will be lifting our Sensitive Events policy to again allow advertisers to run political ads,” the company told Fortune. “We will continue to rigorously enforce our ad policies, which strictly prohibit demonstrably false information that could significantly undermine trust in elections or the democratic process.”

This is the second time since the 2020 election Google has lifted a ban on political advertising. The company first froze such ads right after the election, “saying companies would not be allowed to run messaging that references candidates, the election, or its outcome,” according to Fortune.

Google lifted the ban before the Jan. 6 unrest unfolded.

What about Facebook?

About two months before the 2020 election, Facebook announced that it would throttle back political advertising in the week before Election Day and ban any new ads.

The social media giant also put an outright ban on all political advertising after Nov. 3 — except for a brief exception for the Georgia Senate run-off elections in January.

According to Fortune, Facebook appears to have zero interest in restarting political ads.

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Twitter Fined For Multiple Campaign Finance Violations

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Tuesday that Twitter would pay $100,000 to Washington’s Public Disclosure Transparency Account after violating state campaign finance disclosure laws.

From 2012 to 2019, Twitter received nearly $200,000 for campaign ads but failed to follow Washington disclosure laws by unlawfully failing to maintain public records about the political ads that ran on the platform has resulted in a $100,000 fine.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, said in October 2019 that the social media platform would ban all political ads due to misleading messaging by some candidates.

“We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…,” Dorsey tweeted last year.

The judgment, filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court, notes that at least 38 Washington candidates and political committees paid $194,550 for political advertising on the platform between 2012-2019.

“Transparency in political advertising is critical to a free and informed electorate,” Ferguson said. “Whether you are a local newspaper or a multinational social media platform, you must follow our campaign finance laws.”

“The Public Disclosure Commission appreciates the shared commitment of the Attorney General’s Office to vigorous enforcement of the state’s campaign finance laws,” Public Disclosure Commission Chair David Ammons said. “The people of Washington, in their overwhelming vote for the disclosure Initiative 276 nearly a half-century ago, created one of the nation’s most emphatic demands for transparency and accountability in campaign finance reporting. As powerful new platforms and commercial advertisers emerge in the campaign world, we must stay vigilant in demanding full compliance with all disclosure laws of Washington state.”

Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission first received notice from an independent researcher on Oct. 30, 2019, about Twitter’s potential violations.

The irony here is, of course, that Twitter – which has been doing everything it can to crack down on political “misinformation” – is now being dinged for failing to share information about its political advertising operation.

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