[FoRK] bad ads

Joseph S. Barrera III joe at barrera.org
Fri Jan 22 12:10:50 PST 2016

And then there's this crap as well.


I wish we could take a baseball bat to the scumbags producing all this crap.

On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 10:47 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org>

> https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2016/01/better-ads-report.html
>  Here are some types of bad ads we busted in 2015:
> Counterfeiters
> We suspended more than 10,000 sites and 18,000 accounts for attempting to
> sell counterfeit goods (like imitation designer watches).
> Pharmaceuticals
> 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.
> Phishing
> 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 percent.
> 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.
> --
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