Google, once a loved and respected company, is starting to lose that love, respect and trust from their users. From privacy issues to openly selling illegal ads and now to being busted by a con man.
The Wall Street Journal had a story named Con Artist Starred in Sting That Cost Google Millions. Here are some excerpts from the story:
Wearing leg irons and guarded by federal agents, David Whitaker posed as an agent for online drug dealers in dozens of recorded phone calls and email exchanges with Google sales executives, spending $200,000 in government money for ads selling narcotics, steroids and other controlled substances.
Mr. Page, now Google's chief executive, knew about the illicit conduct, said Mr. Neronha, the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island who led the multiagency federal task force that conducted the sting. "We simply know from the documents we reviewed and witnesses we interviewed that Larry Page knew what was going on," he said in an interview after the August settlement.
You have to read the whole story - it is pretty shocking and eye opening.
Google - you need to go back to your roots and give people a reason to love the culture of the company again.
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