CNET: Chrome will block annoying, spammy ads globally starting July 9. “Google’s Chrome browser this summer will start blocking those annoying ads around the globe. Chrome will protect users from intrusive ads in any country starting on July 9, according to Google’s Chromium blog. It’s an expansion to an ad-blocking feature launched in February last year that initially focused on sites in North America and Europe. “
The Verge: Luxury loot box sponsorships are tearing YouTube apart. “Some of YouTube’s biggest channels are facing backlash from both viewers and other YouTube creators after promoting a form of loot box-style gambling with a company called Mystery Brand. Both Jake Paul and Brian ‘RiceGum’ Le have run sponsored videos promoting Mystery Brand — a $100,000 offer that other YouTube creators said they’ve also received and turned down.”
The Next Web: Twitter let someone promote an obvious PayPal phishing scam. “Phishing scams are nothing new, but it’s certainly unusual to see them show up in your Twitter timeline as a promoted tweet. Nevertheless, earlier this evening, I came across this promoted post from the (since deleted) account @PaypalChristm.”
BetaNews: Mozilla’s ‘experiment’ with banner ads on new tabs angers users. “Firefox users have expressed surprise, disgust and anger at the appearance of banner ads on new tabs in the browser. An advertisement appeared recently inviting users to make a booking via Booking.com.” Gah.
Lexington Herald-Leader: Facebook shuts down hemp pages just days after Trump signs Farm Bill. “Hemp is booming in Kentucky and elsewhere but still struggling on social media. On Dec. 20, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill to legalize hemp, but Facebook apparently didn’t get the memo.”
Medium: Facebook’s Illusion of Control over Location-Related Ad Targeting. “Facebook’s advertising principles and statements from the VP of ads, Rob Goldman, emphasize that its Ads Preferences tool allows users to ‘control how your data informs your ad experience.’ However, Irfan Faizullabhoy and I have observed that when it comes to one of the most privacy-sensitive types of data, location, Facebook does not provide meaningful controls and is misleading in its statements to users and advertisers.”
BBC: Bereaved mother criticises Facebook over baby ads. “The mother of a stillborn child has called on tech companies to rethink how they target ads after she was inundated with baby-related promotions. Gillian Brockell wrote to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Experian, saying if they were smart enough to deduce she had been pregnant, they should have realised her baby had died.”