As the US presidential election approaching, there are more and more questions about “freedom of expression” with regard to advertisements of the politicians. Obviously, Donald Trump is in the spotlight.
During an interview with 60 Minutes, Susan Wojcicki – YouTube CEO – confirmed that several Donald Trump ad blocks were rejected by both YouTube and Google. However, it did not provide details, stating that they were available in the published “transparency report”.
Donald Trump ads on Google platforms
“Transparency report” is anything but transparent about Donald Trump
After much controversy over politicians’ excessive freedom to launch “dubious” advertising campaigns on social networks and Google platforms, the company has put in place far more aggressive measures.
Over the past month, new measures have been put in place that considerably limits the type of ads that will google accept. In addition, they will prohibit ads from targeting the public according to political preferences.
The YouTube CEO tried to defend herself with the said transparency report. It features a vast list of ads that Google removed from the platform.
While it is possible to find more than 300 videos of Donald Trump. There is no indication in any of them about which rule violation has led to their removal. Although they were removed, it is important to note that they were all active for a few days.
Social networks should exclude themselves from “political wars”
Nowadays, social networks play an extremely important role in the lives of millions of users around the world. As such, they were eventually in use as powerful tools in a variety of situations.
With regard to political events, it has already been confirmed in several situations. That it can be in use for the distribution of the known “fake news”, among other inaccurate information. So, Google, Twitter and Facebook have recently revealed that they will ban any political ad on their social networks.