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Google to ban political advertising as Filipino election looms closer

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Google to ban political advertising as Filipino election looms closer

Google will ban political advertising on its platform in the run-up to the Filipino election next year

The move comes amid pressure on social media platforms over their handling of political advertising during the US presidential election in 2020.

Many platforms have become political battlegrounds in the Southeast Asian nation, with studies showing Filipinos top the rankings for time spent on social media around the world.

Election advertisements that promote or oppose any political party or the candidacy of any person or party for public office, would not be allowed to run between Feb. 8 to May 9, 2022, Google said in an update to its political content policy.

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The dates cover the period of campaigning in the Philippines up to the May 9 election date.

Google has banned political advertising on its platform before, including in Canada’s federal election in 2019 and before an election in Singapore in 2020.

Social media platforms like Facebook have helped strengthen President Duterte’s support base. Analysts regarding social media posts and updates as instrumental in his election victory in 2016 and a rout by his allies in mid-term polls last year.

Google says notifications will be sent to affected advertisers about the policy update.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Woman charged with murder of two children found in suitcases

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A South Korean woman has been charged with the murder of her two children

A woman has been charged with murder after the remains of her two children were found in abandoned suitcases in New Zealand.

The 42-year-old arrived in Auckland a short time ago, where she appeared in a district court on Wednesday. She is now facing two charges of murder.

There are strict suppression orders following an application from members of the children’s family.

The woman was remanded without plea in custody.

Three police officers travelled to South Korea before she was extradited to New Zealand.

The children’s bodies were discovered in August after a New Zealand family bought the abandoned goods.

The woman will next appear in the High Court on December 14.

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Guilty verdict for far-right militia founder in Capitol attack

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A guilty verdict has been reached for the founder of a far-right militia group for his involvement in the Capitol attack

A Federal Jury has found the founder of far-right American group Oath Keepers guilty of seditious conspiracy during the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

In a major victory for the U.S. Justice Department, Stewart Rhodes, alongside two members of his militia group are the first to face rare charges in connection with the January 6 violence.

The Government insists the group took part in stopping the transfer of power following Trump’s defeat.

Seditious conspiracy refers to two or more people conspiring to “overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force” the U.S. government.

Rhodes lawyers are planning to appeal the conviction but the charges carry a potential jail time of up to 20 years.

The Oath Keepers claim to defend the Constitution of the United States.

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Landmark same-sex marriage protection bill

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In a landmark bipartisan vote, the U-S Senate has passed Federal legislation to protect same sex marriage & Interracial marriage

Dubbed the Respect for Marriage Act, the same-sex bill will now be approved by the House as soon as this week.

After approval from the House the legislation will head to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

The bill is in response to concerns the Supreme Court could overturn the 2015 decision to legalise same-sex marriage nationwide.

“Today the long but inexorable march towards greater equality advances forward…

By passing this bill, the Senate is sending a message that every American needs to hear: no matter who you are or who you love, you too deserve dignity and equal treatment under the law.”

Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader
 

The bill needed 60 votes to pass and ended with a vote of 61 to 36.

Hundreds of thousands of same-sex and interracial couples are breathing a sigh of relief today in the United States.

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