Global victory for Sunday Times on Google addiction ads – The Times

Yesterday Google said it was taking down such adverts across the world while it consulted experts “to find a better way to connect people with the treatment they need”.

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Google has suspended advertisements directed at addicts from its platforms across the world after a Sunday Times undercover investigation.

The Sunday Times revealed that the internet giant was profiting from a practice in which brokers secretly reaped millions of pounds from vulnerable people seeking treatment for addictive diseases, such as alcoholism.

Google described substance abuse as “a growing crisis” and acknowledged that globally there had been a simultaneous “rise in deceptive practices from bad actors taking advantage of those in need”. The move came as it emerged that a parliamentary inquiry may be held to examine…

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