Google, the largest search engine platform in the world, has made another strike in the cryptocurrency community. The technology giant is in the spotlight for a rather strange step against a single space project.
Decenter, a Blockchain solution and a decentralized application company, announced on Reddit that Google has blacklisted ads related to Ethereum [ETH], the third largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, and a platform of leading smart contracts.
In particular, this is not the first time that the search engine platform has blocked contents related to cryptocurrencies. At the start of 2018, Google announced that they would ban ads related to cryptocurrencies, trade, and ICOs in particular.
This is mainly due to concerns about deceiving users to invest in fraudulent ICOs through advertisements. The technology giant was also in the spotlight when he stopped cryptocurrency mining extensions / apps on Google Play and Chrome.
This was soon followed by Google which issued another statement regarding cryptocurrency ads in September 2018. Here, Google announced that it has updated its position on the ban, adding that cryptocurrency trade can buy advertisements in the United States regions. and Japan. In addition, the technology company caused a stir in the Ethereum community when Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, posted a photo on Twitter, in which a Google official approached him with a job offer.
The Plague, a Redditor, said:
"Google has various political and economic programs, and they are quite willing to use their various services to promote their preferences, but AdSense and Youtube are known for this, but there have also been some incidents involving the Play Store. alleged company motto "do not do evil", they are more than willing to use their considerable power to choose winners and losers in social, political and economic issues ".
This time, the biggest internet player is put in the spotlight while the accusations raise that the company has a blacklist with the keyword "Ethereum". Decenter said on Reddit:
"We've been using Google ads in the last 6 months to help us get more visibility for our intelligent contract auditing services and we've seen a strange change in recent days. It seems that Google has completely included a keyword on the Ethereum blacklist. Some of the keywords that contain "ethereum" in our campaigns do not post any ads since January 9th and now report the following error: "
The team also stated that the Google Ads team states that no changes have been made to its cryptocurrency advertising policy. Despite the claims of the technology giant, Ethereum-related advertisements are not displayed on the search engine platform from January 8, 2019, added Decenter.
"We are concerned that Google is specifically targeting Ethereum for some reason and we wanted to see if we as a community could put pressure on the Google Ads team to adjust their policy on keywords or at least provide a reasonable explanation for such discriminatory regulations. ".
Note of the writer:
The post Reddit also asked people to try and search for "Ethereum Smart Contract Audits" and "EOS Smart Contract Audits" on Google, to show users that Ethereum is actually on the blacklist on the platform. The results are below:
Ethereum smart contract audit:
EOS Smart Contract Audit:
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