June 6, 2018 •
Washington Files Lawsuits Against Facebook and Google over Political Ads
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed lawsuits against Facebook and Google for failing to comply with political advertising laws.
Under Washington law, commercial advertisers who provide political advertising during an election campaign must maintain documents and books of account that is open for public inspection.
The attorney general contends Facebook and Google have not released political advertising information sponsored through their online platforms when requested by members of the public.
If found guilty, the companies could face a penalty of $10,000 per violation for failing to maintain required information on political advertising sponsored in Washington state elections from 2013 through 2018.
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