The Obama administration will block ads from Google on a website used to distribute fake news, the U.N. Human Rights Council announced Monday.
The decision is the latest step by the U,S.
government to crack down on the spread of misinformation and propaganda on the Internet.
The council also recommended that Google take immediate action to remove “fake news” from its sites.
It said that a total of 15,853 websites, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, were blocked on Monday, and that a further 2,200 websites would be taken offline over the coming days.
The U.K. and Australia also blocked Google from the U’s platform, as did the U of R and the University of Oxford.
The Council of Europe, which oversees the United Nations, also recommended banning all adverts from Google’s platforms, with a view to “promoting the free flow of information and of opinions in the open, free from discrimination.”
In a statement, Google said the adverts are not the same as “propaganda” and would be removed.
“They’re not paid for by Google, and they’re not associated with Google,” the company said.
“These ads are only meant to promote free speech.”
In an attempt to counter the spread, the White House has launched a program called “Truth on the Web,” where individuals can submit information on topics of interest to the public.
It will continue to monitor the ad campaigns.