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  1. States Legalize Marijuana, But Google, Facebook, Twitter Just Say No to Pot Ads

    While states like Colorado and Washington may have legalized recreational marijuana use, weed is still illegal on the federal level. Google's policy on illegal drugs and psychoactive substances states that the search engine does not allow: the...

  2. Google Blocks Child Abuse Images on 100,000 Search Terms

    The move follows UK government calls made earlier this year for search engines and Internet service providers (ISPs) to do more to prevent access to illegal material. Google, along with Microsoft's Bing search engine, had already been showing pop...

  3. Fake Online Reviews Cost 19 Companies $350,000

    The FTC already considers fake reviews illegal. Regulators today announced their crackdown on illegal reviews, and have reached agreements with 19 different companies who will stop posting and soliciting fake reviews as well as pay $350,000 in...

  4. Why Google Will Reject, Block, or Flag Your Data Feed

    Google has a pre-set list of restricted products on Google Shopping, such as gambling and illegal drugs. Although Google seems to expect online merchants who get penalized or kicked off Google Shopping to understand why, this isn't always clear to...

  5. Bing Adds Pop-Up Child Abuse Warnings to UK Searchers

    Child abuse is illegal. If someone in the UK tries to use search terms on Bing which can only indicate they are looking for illegal child abuse content, they will activate the Bing notification platform, which will produce an on-screen notification...

  6. Google Under Fire Again for Providing Easy Access to Prescription Drugs

    Google is allowing illegal prescription drug activity online and profiting from it, according to a report by USA Today. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood claimed Google was up to its old tricks by allowing websites to be found that sell illegal...

  7. Is Google's Unified Privacy Policy Illegal in Europe?

    Google's privacy policies are under investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to see if they are illegal under UK law. The move comes after French data protection regulatory CNIL confirmed that Google had made no attempt to meets...

  8. Why & How Google Hands Over Users' Data to Governments

    It's important for law enforcement agencies to pursue illegal activity and keep the public safe. Google has followed up last week's transparency report update – which revealed that government requests have risen by 70 percent over the last two...