Google Brings Election Tools to Google Search
Google today rolled out several tools to help Americans vote in the 2018 mid-term elections. There are three components to the information being offered by Google: how to vote; who are the candidates and what are the issues; and what are the results. Anyone who searches for "how do I register to vote" or "how do I vote" will be given detailed information on registration deadlines, requirements, eligibility, and the logistics of casting a ballet at your local polling place. Searching for "where do I vote" should show people the right location. Need help understanding what's at stake? Google has created knowledge panels about every candidate and ballot measure in clear, easy-to-understand language. The panels will highlight candidates' platforms, statements, and legislative priorities. Last, Google will help people follow the results. People can search for "Senate results" or "House results" to see up-to-the-minute updates as results begin to come in. These results will include a real-time summary of each chamber. People can also seek out information on gubernatorial elections.
Jun 25, 2018
Apple hopes its new section focusing on the 2018 midterm elections will help iPhone and iPad users stay informed about local and national races. Apple says the section, curated by its editors, will feature breaking news, exclusive highlights, and analysis from reliable sources so readers can get up to speed on candidates and topics.
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Two of the largest social networks are doing more to call out political advertisements. Both Facebook and Twitter today outlined their new policies, which should increase the visibility of ads that are purchased for political purposes.
Sep 24, 2018
Google says it is making a "fundamental shift" in how it thinks about Google Search. The company hopes the changes will make searches more visual and, in the end, more helpful.
Sep 24, 2018
Google today said it wants to help people resume incomplete or old searches. The company is taking a couple of steps to make this happen.
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