Why does humanity have to suffer for a chance to sweep in? This question became very pressing with the death of five people in the assault on the US Capitol in the first week of January 2021.
The attack came as a response to ex-president Donald Trump’s statements on social media, which are now being looked at as grounds for encouraging an insurrection at Capitol Hill. After the attack, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have suspended Trump from posting anything on the platforms, at least until the inauguration of Job Biden.
Here’s what Google has to say about the issue
A spokesperson from Google said that the company would put a hold on all political adverts that hint at an impeachment or incite protests against the new president’s inauguration in any way.
He clarified that Google has always had policies to prohibit content that promotes hate or instigates violence. The company has always made it a priority to stop advertisements over erratic and ‘fragile’ occasions that can be used to intensify “misleading” data.
When is the decision going to be enforced?
In a separate statement, Google stated that it was considering retaining the hold on political advertisements until at least January 21, 2021. This is to ensure that the introduction of Joe Biden to the parliament goes by smoothly.
Google’s verdict to stop all political ads came 2 days after other American organizations banned all political grants in a bid to show their disagreement over the assault on the Capitol.
Donald Trump denounced
Before the November 2020 US presidential elections, political advertisements had taken a rigorous form on social media, with both the Republican and Democratic parties taking severe swings at each other. But the adverts and negative statements from the Trump administration continued even after the elections shut and Joe Biden was elected into power. Owing to the unrest that such statements were causing, Google and Facebook had stopped political advertisements temporarily at that time as well.
Now, Donald Trump has been publicly denounced by the US House of Representatives for ‘inducing an insurgency’ at Capitol Hill. Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, affirmed the reprimand making Donald Trump the only US president to be suspended from social media twice.
Congress cast a ballot 232 to 197 on the single article of reprimand accusing Donald Trump with “inducement of revolt”. Now, Donald Trump faces an open sentence in the Senate. As per the leader of Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, the trial is probably not going to be held before introducing incoming president Joe Biden.