Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Washington state sues Facebook and Google over election ad disclosure.

Above: Facebook
Image Credit: Paul Sawers / VentureBeat
(Reuters) — The state of Washington said on Monday it had sued Facebook and Alphabet’s Google for allegedly violating state campaign finance law by failing to maintain information about who buys election ads.

The state’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, who posted copies of the lawsuits here and here on his website, said he was seeking penalties against the companies and an injunction for failing to disclose ad spending in state elections since 2013.

Facebook said it looked forward to resolving the lawsuit quickly after it recently introduced tools for people to see who is buying political ads on its social network.

Full story at Venture Beat.

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