[FoRK] bad ads

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Fri Jan 22 10:47:58 PST 2016


  Here are some types of bad ads we busted in 2015:
We suspended more than 10,000 sites and 18,000 accounts for attempting 
to sell counterfeit goods (like imitation designer watches).

We blocked more than 12.5 million ads that violated our healthcare and 
medicines policy, such as ads for pharmaceuticals that weren’t approved 
for use or that made misleading claims to be as effective as 
prescription drugs.

Weight loss scams
Weight loss scams, like ads for supplements promising 
impossible-to-achieve weight loss without diet or exercise, were one of 
the top user complaints in 2015. We responded by suspending more than 
30,000 sites for misleading claims.

In 2015, we stepped up our efforts to fight phishing sites, blocking 
nearly 7,000 sites as a result.

Unwanted software
Unwanted software can slow your devices down or unexpectedly change your 
homepage and keep you from changing it back. With powerful new 
protections, we disabled more than 10,000 sites offering unwanted 
software, and reduced unwanted downloads via Google ads by more than 99 

Trick to click
We got even tougher on ads that mislead or trick people into interacting 
with them—like ads designed to look like system warnings from your 
computer. In 2015 alone we rejected more than 17 million.

greg at bolcer.org, http://bolcer.org, c: +1.714.928.5476

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