The Conservative Party has had eight of its adverts banned by Google, for ‘violating its advertising policies’.
It come as the party faces mounting criticism over its campaigning methods on social media as well as for what many have called ‘fake news’.
Six of the adverts, which were all banned in the space of a month, were launched on the same day as the Labour Party launched its manifesto.
Google’s rules state that it will not allow adverts which deceive users or fake documents.
In one incident, the Conservative Party set up a fake website called labourmanifesto.co.uk which claimed to contain the opposition’s policies.
The party then paid Google to push its fake version of the Labour manifesto to the top of search results for people looking for the document.
The Tories also faced criticism for changing the name of its Twitter account to imitate an independent fact checking organisation.
During the ITV leaders’ debate last month, the party’s official Twitter account was renamed ‘factcheckUK’, a move which was labelled as ‘inappropriate and misleading’ by independent fact checking groups.
The account then went on to offer commentary on Jeremy Corbyn’s performance during the debate.
Meanwhile, the BBC has also lodged a complaint, after the Conservative Party edited footage of BBC reporters, to make it appear as though they were endorsing Conservative Party policy.
The revelations about Google banning the party’s adverts were revealed in transparency data released by the company this week.
The company’s guidelines state that it values ‘honesty and fairness’ and as such will clamp down on the promotion of products or services that are designed to enable dishonest behaviour’.
None of the other major parties had their adverts banned by Google.