Safety is a Crucial, Unpredictable Google Filter for Advertisers
Safety, security, and privacy remain a high priority for Google. Recently, Google released their Ads Safety Report, noting a tremendous number of blocked ads in 2020. Google blocked a total of 3.1 billion ads, restricted over 6.4 billion ads, and suspended 1.7 million advertisers.
2020 was an intense year that surfaced an array of highly sensitive issues, from COVID-19 to the presidential election to the movement for Black lives. Some experts believe that this sharp increase in blocked and restricted ads reflects contention among the population. Blocking ads, for Google, is a way of mitigating misinformation, controversy, and online disputes. Within the larger sum, 99 million of the ads that Google blocked had to do with COVID. Several million political ads were also blocked.
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