CNN: Facebook sold ads comparing vaccine to Holocaust

CNN: Facebook sold ads comparing vaccine to Holocaust. “Facebook has sold ads promoting anti-vaccine messages, comparing the US government’s response to Covid-19 to Nazi Germany, casting doubt on the result of the 2020 election, and even pushing political violence. The ads have been run by merchandise companies that have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on Facebook over the last few years.”

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.”

ProPublica: How Steve Bannon Has Exploited Google Ads to Monetize Extremism

ProPublica: How Steve Bannon Has Exploited Google Ads to Monetize Extremism. “Almost a year ago, Google took a major step to ensure that its ubiquitous online ad network didn’t put money in the pocket of Steve Bannon, the indicted former adviser to Donald Trump. The company kicked Bannon off YouTube, which Google owns, after he called for the beheading of Anthony Fauci and urged Trump supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6 to try to overturn the presidential election results. Google also confirmed to ProPublica that it has at times blocked ads from appearing on Bannon’s War Room website alongside individual articles that violate Google’s rules. But Bannon found a loophole in Google’s policies that let him keep earning ad money on his site’s homepage.”

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.”

Department of Justice: Russian Cybercriminal Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Digital Advertising Fraud Scheme

Department of Justice: Russian Cybercriminal Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Digital Advertising Fraud Scheme . “Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Aleksandr Zhukov was sentenced by United States District Judge Eric R. Komitee to 10 years’ imprisonment for perpetrating a digital advertising fraud scheme through which the defendant and his co-conspirators stole more than $7 million from U.S. advertisers, publishers, platforms, and others in the U.S. digital advertising industry. The Court also ordered Zhukov to pay $3,827,493 in forfeiture. Zhukov, a Russian national who was arrested in Bulgaria in 2018, was extradited to the United States in 2019, and was convicted following a jury trial in May 2021 of wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy, and money laundering.”

Wales Online: Social media gambling adverts ‘more appealing to children than adults’ – research

Wales Online: Social media gambling adverts ‘more appealing to children than adults’ – research. “A study carried out by the University of Bristol found that disguised gambling marketing and adverts for esports betting proved particularly enticing for under 25s, as they triggered positive emotions. More than 650 children, young people and adults across the UK were surveyed between May and July 2021, with the vast majority of the adults stating they felt wary or annoyed by gambling adverts, whereas children mainly reacted positively.”

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.”

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.”

The MIT Press Reader: A History of the Data-Tracked User

The MIT Press Reader: A History of the Data-Tracked User. “The following article, adapted from Tanya Kant’s case study ‘Identity, Advertising, and Algorithmic Targeting: Or How (Not) to Target Your “Ideal User”,’ maps a brief history of the commercially targeted user, beginning with ‘identity scoring’ in the 1940s and ending with the targeted advertising of today.”

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.”

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.”