One week after the Capitol riot, Google’s “Sensitive Events” policy went into effect, after instituting political ad bans on and off during the prior months following the November election.
The policy banned advertisers from running any political ads or ads “referencing candidates, the election, its outcome, the upcoming presidential inauguration, the ongoing presidential impeachment process, violence at the U.S. Capitol, or future planned protests on these topics,” according to an email sent to ad buyers last month.
A Google spokesperson told The Hill Monday that the Sensitive Events policy will be lifted this week.
“Starting on Wednesday, we will be lifting our Sensitive Events policy to again allow advertisers to run political ads,” the spokesperson said. “We will continue to rigorously enforce our ads policies, which strictly prohibit demonstrably false information that could significantly undermine trust in elections or the democratic process.”
In order to resume buying ads, advertisers will have to use the self-service appeals tool to have their existing ads re-reviewed and listed, The Hill reported.
“If they are otherwise policy compliant, then our reviewers will approve the ad and it will be eligible to begin serving.”
Facebook’s political advertising ban that was implemented ahead of the election is still in effect.
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
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