Google kills political ads during Canadian election instead of complying with transparency laws

Tech 5-3-2019 Mashable 18

We're jealous of Canada again, and not just for their healthcare.

Google won't run political ads during Canada's 2019 election, according to The Globe and Mail. Google made its decision in response to a new set of election advertising transparency rules, which Google said would be too difficult to comply with.

"We’ve come to the decision that the best way for Google to comply with the Elections Act in the 2019 election cycle is actually to stop accepting elections ads as defined in the legislation,” Colin McKay, Google Canada’s head of public policy and government relations, told the Globe and Mail. “It is painful for us.” Read more...

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