Google to pause all political ads from January 14

 Google will stop selling political ads referencing U.S. elections across its services until at least Jan. 21, following last week’s violence at the Capitol.

The search engine giant notified advertisers through an email. The email said the action was taken “following the unprecedented events of the past week and ahead of the upcoming presidential inauguration,” which takes place on Jan. 20.

All political ads, in addition to ones referencing impeachment, inauguration and protests at Capitol, will be temporarily paused, according to its statement.

The email said that the policy will be in effect at least till January 21, the day after the inauguration.

Google had placed a temporary ban on political ads, which came into effect after US election polls ended. The move was aimed at curbing misinformation on its platforms.

Facebook Inc also paused political ads after the Nov. 3 election, only briefly unfreezing ads around the U.S. Senate election in Georgia earlier this month.


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