According to a new report by “60 Minutes,” more than 300 Trump ads have been taken down by Google and YouTube for violating service policies.
A review of records did not show exactly why the ads were removed nor share what the content was in the removed ads. The report asked: “Was it a copyright violation? A lie or extreme inaccuracy? Faulty grammar? Bad punctuation?” The answers are unclear.
The ads only ran a few days, but most likely reached their targeted audience.
YouTube has still not removed a controversial ad that makes misleading claims about Joe Biden and his role in the firing of a Ukranian prosecutor.
Political ads posted on social media don’t adhere to different rules than political ads on TV, but they have been under more scrutiny due to their ability to rapidly spread false information. Social media ads spread false information at an alarming rate.
Back in October social media giant, Twitter decided that it would be banning political advertising on its platform. Google and Youtube continue to run ads but did create stricter policies, including limiting the microtargeting of users.
Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube told “60 Minutes” that the controversial Trump/Biden ad “did not violate their policy.”
Lesley Stahl, “60 Minutes” correspondent, asked Wojcicki, “Have you taken down any of President Trump’s ads at all?”
“There are ads of President Trump that were not approved to run on Google or YouTube.” When pressed for an example, Wojcicki added, “Well, they’re available in our transparency report,” Wojcicki responded.
“As you know, conservatives think that you discriminate against them,” Stahl tells YouTube’s Wojcicki, who replies: “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.”
The report does not detail how many days the ad ran on the platform before it was taken down, or how much the platforms made before removing the ads.