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Google To Halt Political Ads After Polls Close, Amid Worries Over Delayed Results

Added 09-25-20 03:07:02pm EST - “The tech giant will not allow election-related ads in Search, on YouTube or any of its other properties, citing the likelihood of delayed election results.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Google To Halt Political Ads After Polls Close, Amid Worries Over Delayed Results”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Google is the latest tech company to tighten its election-related policies ahead of November's vote. Denis Charlet/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Google says it will not publish political ads after polls close on Election Day, citing the high possibility that final results will be delayed because of the shift to mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Given the likelihood of delayed election results this year, when polls close on November 3, we will pause ads referencing the 2020 election, the candidates, or its outcome. This is a temporary measure, and we'll notify advertisers when this policy is lifted," Google said in a statement.

It's the latest move by a tech company to prepare for what is increasingly expected be a prolonged period of uncertainty while ballots are counted. Security researchers warn that could create opportunities for false claims and other misinformation to proliferate.

Google notified advertisers of the decision on Friday. It did not give a time frame for how long the ban would last.

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