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Political Ads Under Scrutiny By Google Before The EU Elections

Google News Lab will collaborate with news organisations across all 27 countries to support online fact checking

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A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company's offices in Toronto. VOA

In the run-up to European Union (EU) elections in May 2019, Google will introduce a EU-specific Election Ads Transparency Report and searchable ad library to provide more information about who is purchasing election ads, whom they’re targeted to and how much money is being spent.

In May 2019, up to 350 million voters across the EU will take to the Parliamentary polls to elect 705 Members of European Parliament (MEPs).

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a news conference in New Delhi. VOA

“To support this democratic process, we’re rolling out products and programmes to help people get the information they need to cast their votes,” Lie Junius, Director, EU Public Policy and Government Relations, said in a blog post on Thursday.

Google will require ads that mention a political party, candidate or current officeholder, to make it clear to voters who are paying for the advertising.

“We’ll also introduce a new process to verify EU election advertisers to make sure they are who they say they are,” Junius added.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

The company will also work with campaigns, elections officials, journalists, human rights organisations and others across the EU to ensure the security of the online platforms that they depend on.

“For the EU 2019 Parliamentary elections, we’re offering in-person security training to the most vulnerable groups, who face increased risks of phishing attacks,” said Google.

Also Read: How Political Ads Work, A Guide By Facebook And Google

The company will be walking them through Google’s Advanced Protection Programme and Project Shield, a free service that uses Google technology to protect news sites and free expression from DDoS attacks on the web.

“Google News Lab will collaborate with news organisations across all 27 countries to support online fact checking,” said the company. (IANS)

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Oppo’s Upcoming Smartwatch To Run Google Wear OS (Tech Report)

The company Vice President Brian Shen earlier confirmed that the upcoming smartwatch will feature curved 3D glass display

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There were rumours earlier that the Oppo smartwatch will operate on an Oppo-developed OS. Pixabay

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo is expected to launch its new smartwatch alongside the Find X2 flagship smartphone on March 6 and now a real-life photo of the gadget has revealed that the upcoming smartwatch would run Google’s Wear OS.

There were rumours earlier that the Oppo smartwatch will operate on an Oppo-developed OS, news portal GSMArena reported on Wednesday.

The company Vice President Brian Shen earlier confirmed that the upcoming smartwatch will feature curved 3D glass display.

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo is expected to launch its new smartwatch alongside the Find X2 flagship smartphone on March 6 and now a real-life photo of the gadget has revealed that the upcoming smartwatch would run Google’s Wear OS. Pixabay

Shen also shared an official image of the Oppo Watch that suggested its Apple Watch-like design. The teaser image showcases its metal frame that carries the curved screen

The watch will come in at least gold and black and looks to have a more pronounced curve on the left and right and less extreme on the top and bottom.

ALSO READ: Apple’s iPhone 11 Becomes Second Best-Selling Smartphone Model Globally in 2019: Tech Report

Additionally, the smartwatch would come with two physical buttons on the right side.

Recently, a report had suggested that the watch will launch with ECG (electrocardiogram) capabilities which would allow users wearing the smartwatch to test if their heart has irregular rhythm. (IANS)