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Addiction-Related Ads Unbanned by Google After Nearly a Year-Long Ban

Rehab centre ads banned by Google for a year for a reason of not showcasing Addiction-related content; now unbanned

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Google removed ban from addiction-related ads. Pixabay

Google has allowed advertisements with addiction-related keywords and phrases to run on its platform US after nearly a year-long ban.

The ban was put in place to crack down on shady providers cashing in on vulnerable patients.

“A small group of providers vetted by a third party have been approved by the company to appear in results for searches like ‘help quitting pills’ or ‘meth addiction’,” TechCrunch reported late on Friday.

The ban on these advertisements was rolled out in phases in September 2017 and gradually went global in January this year.

Google objected showing addiction-related ads, so it Banned it, now unbanned. Pixabay
Google objected showing addiction-related ads, so it Banned it, now unbanned. Pixabay

The search engine giant had pledged to keep the ban in place until it could find a way to reintroduce the ads safely and ethically.

“It was provoked by a series of reports showing that people looking for help were being essentially traded like commodities and sent to incredibly expensive ‘addiction centres’ that often provided little recovery help at all,” the report added.

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The tech giant partnered with a Portland-based company named LegitScript that specialises in verifying medicine-related businesses online.

It also decided to run rehab centre ads that were verified by LegitScript against addiction-related queries. (IANS)

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Google Stadia Expands with 10 New Games in Lineup

It will come to 14 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands

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Game streaming service of Google will also support Chrome OS tablets such as the Pixel Slate, Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2. Pixabay

Google Vice President Phil Harrison confirmed on Monday that company’s game streaming platform Stadia’s launch day lineup has been expanded with ten more games, bringing the total to 22.

“Excited to announce that we are INCREASING the Day One launch line-up of titles for @GoogleStadia – we now have TWENTY TWO games launching with the platform on Tuesday. Huge thank you to our game developer and publisher partners for bringing more titles #stadia,” Phil wrote in a post.

Assassins Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: The Collection, GYLT, Just Dance 2020, Kine, Mortal Kombat 11, Red Dead Redemption 2, Thumper, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, and SAMURAI SHODOWN are the 12 games that were earlier confirmed to be available to stream on Google Stadia when it arrives.

Additionally, users will also be able to play Attack on Titan: Final Battle 2, Farming Simulator 2019, Final Fantasy XV, Football Manager 2020, Grid 2019, Metro Exodus, NBA 2K20, Rage 2, Trials Rising and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

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Google Vice President Phil Harrison confirmed on Monday that company’s game streaming platform Stadia’s launch day lineup has been expanded with ten more games, bringing the total to 22. Wikimedia Commons

Along with Pixel smartphones, Google’s game streaming service will also support Chrome OS tablets such as the Pixel Slate, Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2.

Buyers will be able to purchase the Founder’s Edition of Google Stadia for $129.99. It will also come with a free copy of the Destiny 2 game. After the free subscription is over, users will have to pay $9.99 per month.

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It will come to 14 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. (IANS)