Google makes money from illegal Olympic 2012 ads apparently
Uh-oh! Google, according to a report, have been making a tidy profit from illegal adverts, including one that claim to be selling 2012 Olympics tickets.
Google have admitted (to the BBC, so it must be true) that they keep any money made from companies advertising illegal services before they are taken down.
So basically, they get pennies for adverts that sell cannabis, fake IDs and those that sell Olympic tickets on the open market... which is illegal unless you have permission from the correct authorities.
Of course, Google took the ads down as soon as they became aware of them, but they still make money on them through AdWords.
"We have a set of policies covering which ads can and cannot show on Google. These policies and guidelines are enforced by both automated systems and human beings," Google said. "When we are informed of ads which break our policies, we investigate and remove them if appropriate... Our aim is to create a simple and efficient way for legitimate businesses to promote and sell their goods and services whilst protecting them and consumers from illicit activity."
It isn't the first time Google have been in trouble for adverts. Last summer, they had to give up $500 million (£324 million) in revenue for publishing ads from Canadian pharmacies selling illegal drugs to US consumers.