Faced with a lawsuit by Washington state's top law enforcement official, Google has stopped accepting political ads in the state.
Google's new policy applies to ballot measures as well as state and local elections in Washington, the company announced late Wednesday.
The move came one day after state Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued both Google and Facebook for failing to comply with a state law requiring companies that run political ads to maintain publicly available information about them. Since 2008, Google has accepted around $1.5 million in political ad revenue in Washington state, while Facebook has accepted more than $3 million, according to the lawsuits.
A spokesperson for Ferguson said he was "glad to see Google is taking our lawsuit seriously."