A new report from CBS News and ’60 Minutes’ reveals social media platforms -including Google and YouTube- have removed more than 300 advertisements posted by President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
“How to handle political ads on social media has become a growing concern as the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches,” reports CBS News. “Facebook has taken most of the heat, after refusing to remove an ad for President Trump’s reelection featuring false information about his opponent Joe Biden.”
“While political ads on social media do not adhere to different rules than political ads on TV, they have come under specific scrutiny because of their unique ability to disseminate – broadly and rapidly — bad information, and the platforms’ inability to properly police them,” adds the report.
“Well, first of all there are lots of very successful conservative creators on YouTube… Our systems, our algorithms, they don’t have any concept of understanding what’s a Democrat, what’s a Republican. They don’t have any concept of political bias built into them in any way. And we do hear this criticism from all sides. We also have people who come from more liberal backgrounds who complain about discrimination. And so I think that no matter who you are, we are trying to enforce our policies in a consistent way for everybody,” said YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.
Read the full report here.
Source: CBS News