The decision was made by the state judge of Washington State.
“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,” Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.
It is reported that companies did not maintain the notes about the customers of the political advertising and it is the direct violation of the legislation, which demands to make detailed notes about purchasers of the online political advertisements. Particularly, the companies refused to provide data about purchasers of the advertisements during the municipal elections in 2017 to The Stranger newspaper.
“We’re working hard to protect election integrity and prevent foreign interference. We believe all ads should be transparent on Facebook,” Facebook spokeswoman Beth Gautier said.
Google claimed that in 2018 a few tools have begun to work and their aim is to provide transparency during the federal election. At the moment, as company’s representative explained, the developers “seek ways to put them on the state level”.
Earlier it was reported the Data Protection Commission (DPC) considers the recovery of the fine from Facebook in the sum of 4% from the global revenue. The sum of the fine will make about $1.66 billion.