Tag: ElectionRelated

Google refines autocomplete for election-related searches ahead of US contest

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Google announced new search policies ahead of Election Day in the US.


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Google on Thursday announced changes to features in its search engine when people look up information on elections or candidates, updates the tech giant made as Americans gear up to vote on Nov. 3. 

One change is to the company’s autocomplete feature, which tries to predict what people want to search for, while they’re still typing their queries. For example, if someone types the phrase “donate to,” Google will block autocomplete suggestions that include the names of particular candidates or political parties. 

The company is also banning autocomplete suggestions about election processes or requirements, whether they’re factual or not. That means search suggestions about, say, voting by phone won’t appear in the autocomplete search box. 

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Pinterest Removes Ads for Election-Related Content

Pinterest  (PINS) – Get Report will not show ads next to election-related content including keywords like the names of candidates, “polling place” and “vote,” the company said on Thursday.

The move, exactly two months before the Nov. 3 election, strengthens the San Francisco photo-sharing website’s two-year-old policy that banned political ads on its platform.

“We will not monetize elections-related content. That means we won’t show ads when you search for common election-related search terms, …” the company said in a blog post. 

“We believe that’s a better and more inspiring experience for everyone.

“As we near November, we’ll limit recommendations about election-related content (like election memes or slogans) in places like the home feed and notifications.”

The platform will instead redirect users to a third-party website, vote.org, where they can register to vote, check registration status, get an absentee ballot, and more.

The company said it had also

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