Google and Facebook are Supporting flood relief efforts in South Asia

Harvey has been a tragedy for so many but there has also been some horrendous flooding in South Asia, this week both Google and Facebook pledged money and resources for that tragedy. They have both pledged to donate $1m each to relief efforts across South Asia. It is estimated that the flooding and subsequent landslides that have killed 1200 people so far. Both sites are working with Save the Children. Google posted a powerful blog post Rajan Anandan, vice president, South East Asia and India at Google, said: “This summer,…

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Google’s AdSense looks to deal more precisely on publisher violations

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Following months of criticism for the way it reacts to its digital advertising Google is coming out with some new ways to deal more precisely with where people’s ads are shown. In a new post on the site Google’s Director of Sustainable Ads Scott Spencer said: “We’re introducing a new technology for policy violations that allows us to act more quickly and more precisely when we need to remove ads from content that violates our policies. Historically, for most policy violations, we remove all ads from a publisher’s site. As…

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Google advertising row spreads to major US brands

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Following many British company pausing their ads on Youtube and Google several large US companies have followed suit.  AT&T, Verizon, Johnson and Johnson, Enterprise Holdings and pharmaceutical giant GSK as well as other major U.S. advertisers are pulling hundreds of millions of dollars in business from Google and YouTube. This comes despite Google pledging to ‘raise the bar’ wth regards to its advertising. AT&T’s statement on this reads: “We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate. Until Google can ensure this…

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Google Europe boss apologises for ad placement

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Following on from yesterday’s report: “Ethical Concerns about placement cause UK companies to pause their Google Ads” Business Insider reports that at a breakfast briefing with journalists shortly before he took to the stage at Advertising Week Europe, Google Europe boss Matt Brittin said the annual ad event gave Google a “good opportunity to say first and foremost, sorry, this should not happen, and we need to do better. “There are brands who have reached out to us and are talking to our teams about whether they are affected or…

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Ethical Concerns about placement cause UK companies to pause their Google Ads

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The UK Government, Transport for London, the Financial Conduct Authority, The Guardian, Channel 4, L’Oréal and the Havas group are just some of the companies who have paused their advertising with Google and Youtube following revelations that their ads are appearing alongside extremist videos. An investigation by The Times dscovered ads from leading firms have been shown on the youtube pages of people such as David Duke, former leader of the Klu Klux Klan, and pastor Steven Anderson, who praised the killing of 49 people in a gay nightclub. Ads…

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