The gritty details: Under Google’s new rules, people or groups who want to advertise in elections will have to go through a process that includes producing a “government-issued ID” as well as other information, like a Federal Election Commission identification number and an IRS Employer Identification Number. Google says it aims to confirm that buyers are who they say they are and can legally participate in American elections.
- Advertisers can go through the verification process starting at the end of May, and Google will start enforcing the new rules on July 10, the company said.
- The new requirements will apply to ads featuring candidates for federal office or current officeholders in the United States.
- Google will also start requiring these ads to carry a disclosure that says who paid for them.
Yes, but: The new policy will not cover ads that relate to politically contentious issues rather than a candidate, which was the case for many of the online ads placed by Russian operatives trying to interfere in the 2016 election. The company says it is looking at following Facebook in tightening restrictions on those ads as well.