Internet giant Google accused of banning Ethereum ads
Ethereum has been in the news lately, mainly because of the much anticipated Constantinople upgrade which is scheduled for 16th of January, but it seems that everything is not right in the Ethereum ecosystem as Google has banned Ethereum ads, according to a report by Trustnodes.
An Ethereum developer from a blockchain startup called Decenter says, “Any of the keywords that contain ‘Ethereum’ in our campaigns are no longer showing ads as of January 9th… you can try searches such as ‘Ethereum smart contract audits’ and ‘EOS smart contract audits’ – only the latter will show Ads in results.”
As per the report, only Ethereum has been blacklisted as the searches involving keywords such as Bitcoin, ICOs, EOS, and others are showing up, which is not the case with Ethereum ads.
Replying to this, Google Ads said:
“Advertisers may promote cryptocurrency exchanges that target the United States and Japan. Hence, you may not be able to run ads which target other countries. Hope this helps.”
Earlier in June last year, Google announced a ban on ads related to cryptocurrencies and related content (including but not limited to initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurrency wallets, and cryptocurrency trading advice). The search engine later revised it in October and allowed regulated cryptocurrency exchanges to advertise in the United States and Japan.
It’s still not clear why the search engine giant has been selective in prohibiting Ethereum ads, which is not the case with EOS or Bitcoin.
Earlier, in November last year, a malware researcher, Lukas Stefanko claimed that he had found four fake crypto wallets on Google Play Store. Lukas noted that the apps were posing as crypto wallets for Tether, an extension for accessing Ethereum (ETH), NEO and MetaMask. Reportedly, they were designed to phish users’ credit card details and mobile banking credentials.
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