“FEC considers expanding political ad disclaimers to mobile apps”


Federal officials on Wednesday unveiled a proposal that could expand political disclaimer rules beyond websites such as Google to mobile applications such as Snapchat, but could give leeway about how much information would have to be disclosed based on the size of the ad.

The Federal Election Commission voted to seek public comment on the proposed new rules, which aims to update federal regulations to adapt to new technology.

The proposal would apply narrowly to a small category of political commercials and likely would leave largely untouched the types of ads that were linked to Russian operatives in the 2016 campaign. The new requirement may not be in place to affect the 2018 midterm elections, which are now underway.


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