In a somewhat controversial move, Google has announced that starting in 2018 their Chrome brower will have an ad “filter” installed. Ostensibly the purpose is to clean up sites that load banner ads that due to poor coding take forever to load and create a negative browsing experience. In general this is a good idea….
Today Google announced its advertising tools will soon be closed to websites that promote fake news. This will cut off revenue streams for publications that push hoaxes on platforms like Facebook and may lead to seeing less articles from these websites due to less ad revenue coming in.
Per the LA Times, the US Supreme Court has refused to overturn a lower court’s decision to allow a class-action lawsuit to proceed again the internet giant. Arguing that Google allowed for ‘low-quality websites’ to display ads, the court said that a formula for damages should be used rather than Google’s position that individual damages…
Bowing to pressure from various watchdog groups as well as making a stand against predatory lending, Google has banned all payday loans ads that have a payment term of 60 days or less. Also all loans with interest rates more than 36% per year are banned as well!