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Michee Smith, Product Manager, Security & Privacy

August 16, 2018

Michee Smith

Google releases a searchable library of political ads in the US

..... The new section gives a detailed account of the political ads on its platform in the US. "Earlier this year, we took important steps to increase transparency in political advertising...Now, we're continuing to roll out new transparency features with the addition of the political advertising report as well as a new political Ad Library," Michee Smith, Product Lead for Google Transparency Report wrote in a blog post. The move follows the steps announced by Facebook and Twitter back in June in face of the threat of regulations by the US government over lack of disclosure on the amount received via political ads. .....

August 15, 2018

Michee Smith

Google publishes its political ad database, detailing spending in U.S. federal elections

..... “Even though the political advertising report and Ad Library provide many new insights, we know there is more work to be done. We’re working with experts in the U.S. and around the world to explore tools that capture a wider range of political ads — including ads about political issues (beyond just candidate ads), state and local election ads, and political ads in other countries,” Michee Smith, who is a product lead on Google’s Transparency Report, wrote in a blog post. Like Facebook and Twitter’s political ad archives, Google’s database doesn’t offer suggested search terms — for example, the names of specific congressmen and women to look up — so it’s more likely to be used by researchers, journalists, and political strategists than the average internet user. .....