Google ad report reveal
Google released its yearly ad transparency report Wednesday, revealing the action it took on both misleading coronavirus ads and political ads during the 2020 election season. On the cyber front, the Biden administration is facing pressure to act on vulnerabilities in the wake of the SolarWinds hack.
AD CHECK: Google blocked 99 million ads worldwide related to the coronavirus pandemic that would have violated its policies in 2020, according to a transparency report released by the company Wednesday.
The advertisements included attempts to sell fabricated cures, N95 masks when there was a shortage early in the pandemic and fake vaccines.
“As we learned more about the virus and health organizations issued new guidance, we evolved our enforcement strategy to start allowing medical providers, health organizations, local governments and trusted businesses to surface critical updates and authoritative content, while still preventing opportunistic abuse,” Google’s vice president of ad privacy and safety Scott Spencer said in a blog post.
Overall, Google blocked or removed 3.1 billion ads during 2020. More than 850 million of those were sanctioned for abusing the company’s ad network.
The platform also restricted another 6.4 billion ads, limiting their reach or requiring advertisers to meet some requirements.