Bleeping Computer: Scammers Create Google Search Ads to Lure PayPal, Amazon Clients. “Scammers are creating ads in Google search results that pretend to be customer support numbers for popular sites such as Amazon, PayPal, and eBay. When called, scammers will pretend to be from the associated company and state they need a code from a Google Play gift card before they can help. BleepingComputer was alerted to these scam ads in the Google search results a few weeks ago from a security researcher who wishes to remain anonymous. Since then, we have observed multiple scam ad campaigns pretending to be tech support hotlines for well known companies.”
CNET: Searching for Amazon? Fake Google ad sends users to scam site. “Some Google users searching for ‘Amazon’ on Thanksgiving were shown a phony ad that redirected to a scam website, one day before the biggest shopping day of the year.” Look at the screenshot with the article. Utterly ridiculous that this got through.
IQ: Global Google Crackdown On Ticket Resellers. “Secondary ticketing websites will from January 2018 be subject to stringent restrictions on their use of Google AdWords, as the search engine giant cracks down on ticket resellers’ controversial gaming of its online advertising platform.”
Bloomberg Quint: Google Overhauls Policies After Uproar Over YouTube Videos. ” Google is giving marketers more control over their online ads after a slew of brands halted spending in the U.K. over concerns about offensive content. The Alphabet Inc. unit also expanded its definition of hate speech under its advertising policy to include vulnerable groups, which includes those discriminated against because of their identify, socioeconomic class or country of origin.”
City A.M.: Now banks have pulled their Google ad spend as Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Lloyds pile on pressure
City A.M.: Now banks have pulled their Google ad spend as Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Lloyds pile on pressure. “Google is facing growing pressure over claims it’s profiting from hate speech as some of Britain’s biggest banks are the latest to pull their ads from YouTube.”
Reuters: French ad group Havas says only UK unit pulling adverts from Google . “French advertising group Havas said on Friday that it would not pull advertising from Alphabet Inc’s Google platforms on a global basis, after its British business suspended activity with the U.S. company over concerns about its YouTube website.” Only the UK unit is pulling ads.
CNET: Google vows to change ad policy after boycotts in UK. “Google is rethinking some of its advertising policies after coming under fire in the UK. Some advertising customers in the UK have pulled ads from Google-owned YouTube after some of them reportedly appeared alongside inappropriate and extremist content. The list of clients includes the British government and big brands in the UK, such as the Guardian newspaper.”
Bar & Bench: SC directs Google et al to put in place in-house mechanism to remove search results on pre-natal sex determination
From Bar & Bench, in India: SC directs Google et al to put in place in-house mechanism to remove search results on pre-natal sex determination. “The Supreme Court of India today directed Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to set up an in-house mechanism to remove online search results, which has ‘potential to go counter’ to Section 22 of the Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 (Act).”
Google had a big ad screwup. From ZDNet: Google let scammers post a perfectly spoofed Amazon ad in its search results. “Anyone who used Google search to look for Amazon, the internet retail giant, on Wednesday was likely served a malicious ad — and didn’t even realize it. The good news is that unlike other rogue ads, your machine wasn’t infected or served malware in any way. But anyone who clicked on it would not have been sent to Amazon.com as they would have hoped, but instead, they were pointed to a fake Windows support scam posing as Microsoft.” Remember when Yahoo was the top search engine, then it started looking at other things, then its search engine and directory experience went to junk, then….