Google removes 'misleading' anti-Roy Moore advertisement

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The Alabama Secretary of State's office announces Google has removed a political advertisement considered to be misleading.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017 10:17 PM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 10:17 PM

The Alabama Secretary of State's office announced Wednesday that Google has removed a political advertisement considered to be misleading.

The advertisement, which was paid for by pro-Doug Jones political action committee Highway 31, called Roy Moore, who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors a "child predator," and it used language which many took to believe their votes would be publicized.

This was the full text of the ad:

"If you don't vote, and Roy Moore, a child predator wins, could you live with that? Your vote is public record, and your community will know whether or not you helped stop Roy Moore."

Moore has denied any wrongdoing, and he has never been charged or convicted of any child sex crimes despite multiple allegations.

The Alabama Secretary of State's Office says it contacted Google, which is the parent company of YouTube, and was successfully able to have the company remove the video. 

"When voters cast a ballot the State of Alabama's voter registration system is updated to document the election that a voter participated in but no record is ever made documenting the candidate for whom the ballot was cast," said a spokesperson for the Alabama Secretary of State's Office.

A Highway 31 spokesperson told AL.com argued the ad is not improper, and the Secretary of State's office is "distorting the intent of the ad."

Moore's campaign is planning a Thursday morning news conference where they will address "election theft attempts." A Moore spokesperson did not immediately reply to our request on whether or not he would directly address Highway 31 and its political advertisement.

Moore has also threatened to file a lawsuit regarding a Highway 31 ad which accuses Moore of being banned from a mall in Gadsden because of his conduct with minors. He denies that he was involved in any misconduct with minors or that we was banned from the mall.

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