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US Corporations Pull Ads from Google A number of American giants, including AT&T, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson and Enterprise, pulled adverts from YouTube and Google’s wider ad networks citing Google’s inability to guarantee that ads won’t appear alongside extremist content. Google Apologized for Extremist Ads after UK Pressure It turned out that Google Europe publicly apologized over placing ads next to extremist content only after it was “read the riot act” at a Whitehall summit Facebook Launched New System to Fight Fake News As promised, the social media giant is already rolling out its third-party fact-checking tool to combat fake news, which will alert users to “disputed content”. Back in late 2016, Google Europe Apologized over Extremists’ Ads Matt Brittin, head of Google Europe, has publicly brought his apologies to consumers and advertisers over the problem of online ads appearing next to extremist content. However, Scandal around Greek Anti-Piracy Group AEPI, a well-known Greek anti-piracy and royalties group, has found itself in a deep crisis after the government-sponsored investigation found irregularities in its accounts. Ernst & Young discovered AEPI didn’t pay over 42m euros owed to content creators, while not forgetting to pay themselves – for example, UK MPs Claim Google Profits from Hatred Both government officials and advertisers have urged the tech giant to review its advertising practices and threatened it with regulation and advertiser boycotts. Travel Association Website Hack Exposed Holidaymakers' Data Security researchers found out that a cyber-attack on the website of the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) could have affected about 43,000 users, including 1,000 holidaymakers. Father of the Internet Urged to Tighten Regulation of Political Advertising Sir Tim Berners-Lee is calling for tighter regulation of political advertising on the Internet in his open letter, because it is used in “unethical ways” Canada Called the USTR Report “Flawed and One-Sided” Canada has been a US "watch list" candidate for a while, due to “failing” intellectual property protections. In response, the country claimed that the USTR process was flawed as driven by one-sided copyright industry claims. Fake News Spreads via Google Search Snippets Following the fate of Facebook, Google is now accused of spreading fake news. It was repeatedly discovered that Google shared falsehoods and conspiracy theories via its “featured snippets in search” feature. The latter is designed to automatically pull in short answers to common queries from popular sites, which are then displayed directly in the search results and become the basis for the quick answers delivered by the Google
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