A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Senate introduced Thursday the Honest Ads Act in an attempt to create stricter rules and increase transparency for political advertisements placed online. [Text of Bill] The bill — sponsored by Senators Mark Warner, D-VA, Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, and John McCain, R-AZ — will aim to align the rules for online advertising with standards set for advertising in other forms of media including television and radio. If passed, the Honest Ads Act would require online advertising platforms — including Google and Facebook — to include disclosures that identify who purchased an ad. It would also require the ad platforms to maintain a public file of ads about candidates and political issues. — Joe
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