Google removes misleading ads related to voting, elections

Posted at 11:05 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 14:15:10-04

(AP) — Google says it has removed misleading ads targeting Americans looking for information about how to vote in November's presidential election.

Some of the ads charged fees for registering people to vote, while others sucked up people's personal information for marketing purposes.

The ads were discovered by the nonprofit tech watchdog Tech Transparency Project.

The group found that search terms such as “register to vote,” “vote by mail” and “where is my polling place” generated ads linking to websites that charge bogus fees for voter registration, harvest user data, or plant unwanted software on people’s browsers.