April 23, 2020 / 1:59 PM / a month ago

Google to make verification mandatory for all advertisers

April 23 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday all advertisers would have to complete a verification process before buying ad space on its platform, starting this summer, in a bid to make its ad practices more transparent.

Advertisers will need to submit personal identification and business incorporation documents that prove who they are and the country in which they operate in, the company said in a blog post here

Google until now required identity verification only for political advertisers running election ads on its platform.

The company said it would start by verifying advertisers in phases in the United States and continue to expand globally, and that it expects the process to take a few years to complete. (Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)

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