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Google removed more than three billion bad ads in 2017

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Google has issued its latest report on bad ads, revealing a new high in terms of removals.

According to the report, Google has removed 3.2 billion ads that violated its policies and promoted harmful content, malvertising, phishing scams - amounting to 100 bad ads every second.

Aside from removing ads, the company also said it had blocked 320,000 publishers from its ad network, blacklisted 90,000 websites and 700,000 mobile apps.

It also changed the way it analyses sites. It no longer looks at the entire site and decides either “this can go” or “this can’t go”. Now, it is looking at individual pages within a site and if it decides the page does not comply with its policies, it will block advertising on that particular page. The rest of the site can stay monetised, if it complies with Google’s policies.

Google has also stressed that it had changed its policies both for publishers, and advertisers. Thus, advertisers have to comply with 28 new policies, while publishers need to tackle 20 new ones.

The report states that all numbers are up – there has been many more ads blocked, publishers removed, websites and apps blacklisted, compared to the year before.

“Our work to protect the ads ecosystem doesn't stop here—it's ongoing,” Google said in its announcement (opens in new tab).

“As consumer trends evolve, as our methods to protect the open web get better, so do online scams. Improving the ads experience across the web, whether that's removing harmful ads or intrusive ads, will continue to be a top priority for us.”

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.