Google removes deceptive ads related to votes, elections

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Google said Monday that it removed misleading and fraudulent ads targeting Americans seeking information on how to vote in the November presidential election.

Some ads charged people to register to vote, while others soaked up people’s personal information for marketing purposes. The ads were discovered by the nonprofit tech watchdog Tech Transparency Project.

The group found that search terms such as ‘register to vote’, ‘vote by mail’ and ‘where’s my polling station’ generated ads linking to websites that charge voter registration, collect user data or put unwanted software in people’s browsers . Google says that such ads are prohibited on its platform.

“We are committed to protecting users from abuse on our platforms, especially when it comes to election information,” said Google spokeswoman Charlotte Smith.

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