Fake News Makes Its Way To Google News Via Ads

Feb 16, 2009 - 8:34 am 0 by
Filed Under Google Ads

A search in Google News for santa cruz storm brough up a fake Google News item via the Google AdWords ads for some searchers. Here is a picture sent to me by a reader:

Fake News in Google News

Google started showing ads in news results a while back. One advertiser tried to use this as a way to scare people around the world, by saying the new United States President, Barack Obama, was killed. Clearly, that is not true. Here is the ad copy, if you cannot make it out from the image above:

Latest NEWS President OBAMA was KILLED Potential killer is Russian Spy www.lolnews.usnewnews.com

I personally did not see this ad and I am glad it was removed. But clearly, this leaves Google open to a whole new level of spam and hate ads.

Why now? Maybe because it is President's Day?

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