Just two years after settling charges against illegal online pharmacy ads for $500 million, Google’s advertising division; the major revenue generator of the company is back in trouble.
According to the accusation made by the Mississippi state attorney general, Jim Hood, Google still allows ads that sell illegal pharmacy drugs. Mr. Hood claims that the company displays ads from illegal online pharmacies that sell dangerous drugs without prescription.
He further adds that the top search results of certain keywords display websites known for selling counterfeit drugs. These websites also pays Google to display advertisements of their pharmacies via Google Advertisement network.
In reply to this accusation, Google made a statement,
“We take the safety of our users very seriously and we’ve explained to Attorney General Hood how we enforce policies to combat rogue online pharmacies and counterfeit drugs,” Google said in a statement late Thursday. “In the last two years, we’ve removed more than 3 million ads for illegal pharmacies, and we routinely remove videos that are flagged for violating YouTube’s Guidelines regarding dangerous or illegal content.”
But Hood isn’t convinced at all. He claims that Google is a smart company with its workforce consisting of some of the incredible minds of the world. As a result, he doesn’t believe that it’s so hard for the company to keep such ads under check.
“On every check we have made, Google’s search engine gave us easy access to illegal goods, including websites which offer dangerous drugs without a prescription, counterfeit goods of every description,” said Hood. “This behavior means that Google is putting consumers at risk and facilitating wrongdoing, all while profiting handsomely from illegal behavior.”
Well, the National Association of Attorney General has invited Google CEO Larry Page to discuss on the matter and if he accepts the invitation, then we may see a solution to this problem pretty soon.