Google – Unethical Behaviour – Inserting Ads Without Permission
Seems it’s WordPress inserting the ads not Google. Please ignore the rest of this post!!!!
“Do No Evil” is what search engine Google claims as a company motto. Don’t believe them. Here’s an example of why.
I was going through my weblogs today for the blog and I noticed a link where someone had used Google’s translate service to translate a page into French. So far so good.
However, when I clicked through the link, I noticed that Google had inserted their ads into my WordPress page in two places – both within the body of the page – not before the page and not after it and not in Google’s framed page above mine, but right there in the middle. Without my knowledge or permission and (presumably) without the knowledge or permission of the hosting company for the blog – WordPress.
This is the worst kind of behaviour that one would expect from unscrupulous page scrapers – using other people’s work to make money for yourself and not caring about the rights of others.
Is this the kind of ethical practice that we would expect from a company with the motto “Do No Evil”? Or is it the work of an uncaring megacorporation that is prepared to walk all over the rights of all those smaller than itself? I leave it to you to judge.
If anyone else has noticed similar infringements on their work by Google then please leave a message below. Do I detect a class action suit appearing on the horizon? Only time will tell.
Oh, and I took a couple of screenshots of the offending page for the sake of evidence – see below….
Ads inserted at the top of the post but inside the page….
Ads inserted at the end of the post but inside the page….