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Selena Gomez Asked Google's CEO to Remove Election Disinformation Ads ASAP

Cosmopolitan logo Cosmopolitan 10/28/2020 Starr Bowenbank
Selena Gomez smiling for the camera: Selena Gomez messaged Google CEO Sundar Pichai about removing election-related disinformation ads ahead of the 2020 election next week. © Instagram Selena Gomez messaged Google CEO Sundar Pichai about removing election-related disinformation ads ahead of the 2020 election next week.
  • Selena Gomez messaged Google CEO Sundar Pichai about removing election-related disinformation ads ahead of the 2020 election next week.
  • Selena recently revealed that she voted for the first time ever.

Selena Gomez is trying to make an impact on the upcoming election and wants to stop the spread of disinformation so people can stick to the facts. To achieve this goal, Selena hopped on Instagram and slid into the DMs of a Very Important Person who makes a massive difference in what we see online: Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Yesterday, Selena publicized an Instagram Story of a message she sent directly to Pichai. She wrote:

"Hi Sundar, although we have never met, I just learned that Google is making millions of dollars putting ads on websites that spread disinformation about our election. I'm hoping you are also just finding this out too. Please shut this down immediately. The fate of our country depends on it."
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Selena didn't namedrop any specific ads, but in August, The Washington Post published a report that Google approved and ran an ad from a conservative non-profit organization that contained false info and doubted the security of mail-in voting in three key swing states—Florida, Michigan, and Texas.

Selena recently admitted that this election was her first time voting. During an appearance on Voting Power Hour, Selena said she never felt the need to vote before because she didn't think her vote mattered, but she's since realized that's not true. Explaining herself, she added:

"I never felt—and this is so true and I’m now, like, admitting it to people—like my vote counts. Like, every little thing counts so I just think some people get in their head, like, 'Oh well, what does it matter?' And then once I really, really started going in and diving in to this, it’s been all I can focus on."

Just finished filling out my ballot!

A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Oct 22, 2020 at 11:37am PDT

Props to Selena for voting this year and using her influence to stop election disinformation. And just a friendly reminder: It isn't too late to register to vote if you haven't already—peep these handy guides for the 2020 election, what to do if it's your first time voting, and how to plan for November 3:

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