As the presidential elections in the United States are drawing nearer and nearer, there are increasing questions about “freedom of expression” with regard to advertisements launched by politicians. Obviously, controversial Donald Trump is in the spotlight.
During an interview with 60 Minutes, Susan Wojcicki – YouTube CEO – confirmed that several Donald Trump ad blocks have been rejected by both YouTube and Google. However, it did not provide details, stating that they were available in the published “transparency report”.
“Transparency Report” is anything but transparent with respect to Donald Trump
Following a major controversy over politicians’ excessive freedom to launch “dubious” advertising campaigns on social networks and Google platforms, the company has put in place far more aggressive measures.
During the past month, new measures have been put in place which considerably limit the type of advertisements that will be accepted. In addition, they will prohibit ads from targeting the public according to their political preferences.
The YouTube CEO tried to ‘defend herself’ by saying transparency report , but this is far from transparent. The report features a large list of ads that have been rejected and removed from the platform.
Although more than can be found Donald Trump videos that were eventually removed, it is not indicated in any of them which violated rule led to their removal. Although they were removed, it is important to note that they were all active for a few days.
Social networks should exclude themselves from “political wars”
Today, social networks play an extremely important role in the lives of millions of users around the world. As such, they have been used as powerful tools in a wide range of situations.
As far as political events are concerned, it has already been confirmed in several situations that can be used for the distribution of the known fake. news “, among other inaccurate information.
To prevent this from happening, there seems to be only one solution,” nip it in the bud “. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, recently revealed that he will ban any political ad on his social network, and the rest should follow his example.