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Google, FB to pay $450K for Washington state violation

MNA Tech Desk: Google and Facebook have agreed to pay $455,000 to settle allegations that they failed to keep proper records about who was paying for campaign ads on their sites, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday.

Google will pay $217,000 and Facebook will pay $238,000 in response to two lawsuits filed in June that accused the tech firms of not obeying the state law on political-ad transparency, Ferguson said.

Facebook spokeswoman Beth Gautier said the company was pleased to resolve the matter.

“We’re working hard to protect election integrity and prevent foreign interference. We believe all ads should be transparent on Facebook and aren’t waiting for legislation to authorize political advertisers and house these ads in a public archive,” Gautier said.

Google said in a statement that the company complied with Washington laws until June, when the state introduced new disclosure requirements. Google said it then paused accepting election advertising in the state because it was unable to follow the new rules, reported news agency.

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