AFP: Google to halt election ads ahead of 2022 Philippines vote

AFP: Google to halt election ads ahead of 2022 Philippines vote. “Google will stop carrying election ads in the Philippines ahead of the May 2022 presidential vote, the internet giant said Wednesday, similar to action it has taken in the United States. Alarm has been raised in recent years by governments and election watchdogs over the use of targeted political advertising, especially disinformation campaigns to sway voters.”

Slate: Google Needs to Defund Misinformation

Slate: Google Needs to Defund Misinformation. “This content moderation problem is not unique to Facebook; it plagues all the large social media platforms. However, at least with misinformation, the recent focus on content moderation is distracting us from something important: In addition to detecting misinformation on social media, A.I. can be a tool for defunding misinformation so it doesn’t spread on social media in the first place. But it’s not being used for this second purpose nearly as effectively as it could be.”

Use of trademark as keyword: Delhi High Court directs Google to probe into web traffic diversion (Bar & Bench)

Bar & Bench: Use of trademark as keyword: Delhi High Court directs Google to probe into web traffic diversion. “The Delhi High Court recently directed Google to investigate into a complaint alleging that the use of a trademark and its variations as keywords on the search engine had resulted in the diversion of traffic from the owner’s website to that of the advertiser [M/s DRS Logistics & Anr v. Google India Pvt Ltd & Ors]. Justice V Kameswar Rao observed that when the use of a trademark as a keyword online constitutes infringement or passing off amounting to violations of rights of the trademark owner under the Trade Marks Act, 1999, Google ought to investigate such advertisements.”

Phishing for Crypto: Half a Million Dollars Stolen Via Google Ads Exploit (Tom’s Hardware)

Tom’s Hardware: Phishing for Crypto: Half a Million Dollars Stolen Via Google Ads Exploit. “Cyber threat analysis firm Check point Research (CPR) has issued an alert regarding a recent phishing campaign mainly targeting Phantom and Metamask users. The threat makes use of Google Ads to bump fake websites in search results, meant to prompt users to provide their keys or make new wallets on behalf of bad actors. It’s currently estimated that half a million dollars have been diverted from their legitimate users’ wallets.”

Government of Canada: Competition Bureau obtains court order to advance an investigation of Google

Government of Canada: Competition Bureau obtains court order to advance an investigation of Google. “The Bureau is investigating whether Google has engaged in certain practices that harm competition in the online display advertising industry in Canada. This industry is made up of various technology products that are used to display advertisements to users when they visit websites or use apps.”

New political ad strategy in Virginia: Promoting news articles in Google search results (Washington Post)

Washington Post: New political ad strategy in Virginia: Promoting news articles in Google search results. “Democratic Virginia governor candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign is using Google ads to promote articles from news organizations, but swapping the original headlines on the search results page with ones written by the campaign itself — a novel political advertising method.”

TechCrunch: Google pulls ‘stalkerware’ ads that promoted phone spying apps

TechCrunch: Google pulls ‘stalkerware’ ads that promoted phone spying apps. “Google has pulled several ‘stalkerware’ ads that violated its policies by promoting apps that encouraged prospective users to spy on their spouses’ phone. These consumer-grade spyware apps are often marketed to parents wishing to monitor their child’s calls, messages, apps, photos and location, often under the guise of protecting against predators. But these apps, which are often designed to be installed surreptitiously and without the device owner’s consent, have been repurposed by abusers to spy on the phones of their spouses.”

Axios: Google, YouTube to prohibit ads and monetization on climate denial content

Axios: Google, YouTube to prohibit ads and monetization on climate denial content. “Google and YouTube on Thursday announced a new policy that prohibits climate deniers from being able to monetize their content on its platforms via ads or creator payments. Why it matters: It’s one of the most aggressive measures any major tech platform has taken to combat climate change misinformation.”

CBC: Google agrees to government request to pull ads linking to fake travel sites

CBC: Google agrees to government request to pull ads linking to fake travel sites. “ArriveCan is the app the government uses to record international visits for the purposes of tracking COVID-19. Both Canadian residents and foreign visitors are required to have it. But scammers have taken advantage of that requirement by seeking to divert travellers onto fake ArriveCan websites and charging them for the service.”

Gizmodo: The ACCC Would Like To Go Full Hulk On Google’s Ad Tech Monopoly

Gizmodo: The ACCC Would Like To Go Full Hulk On Google’s Ad Tech Monopoly. “The ACCC has declared Google is way too dominant in the ad tech space and isn’t letting the search giant off easy, vowing to tear down the secret sauce to its success: data. The competition watchdog has had tech giants in its crosshairs for years. It ramped up action in July 2019 when it published its whopping 623-page Digital Platforms Inquiry report.”

The Register: Remember when UK watchdog spent a bunch of cash with Google warning people about ad scams … on Google?

The Register: Remember when UK watchdog spent a bunch of cash with Google warning people about ad scams … on Google? . “Google has again refused to say whether it will reimburse Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for all the money it has spent warning consumers about dodgy financial ads carried on the tech giant’s platform.”

Google Blog: Giving users more transparency into their Google ad experience

Google Blog: Giving users more transparency into their Google ad experience. “To give users of our products even more transparency, we are enhancing ad disclosures with new advertiser pages. Users can access these disclosures in our new ‘About this ad’ menu to see the ads a specific verified advertiser has run over the past 30 days. For example, imagine you’re seeing an ad for a coat you’re interested in, but you don’t recognize the brand. With advertiser pages, you can learn more about that advertiser before visiting their site or making a purchase.”