17 September 2019

Is Google responsible for political adds in Russia?

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Google said it supported responsible political ads that adhered to local laws after Russian communications watchdog issued a warning ahead of the election day. reports citing Reuters that Google did not say in its statement if it had spread political ads.

On Sunday, municipal and regional elections are held across Russia, with a total of 22 administrative centers electing city parliaments, and three regional capitals electing heads of municipalities.

On the day of the elections, Russia's communication watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said that it had determined that several US Internet giants - Google, Facebook, and Youtube - had featured politically charged advertisements on its platforms, which constituted foreign meddling into Russia's electoral procedures.

On Friday, Roskomnadzor urged Google and Facebook and their affiliates to refrain from spreading political ads over the election weekend, adding that failure to do so could be seen as meddling in Russia's internal affairs.

2019.09.09 / 13:31
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