Google – Unethical Behaviour – Inserting Ads Without Permission

 Oh Crap!

Seems it’s WordPress inserting the ads not Google.  Please ignore the rest of this post!!!!

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“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.
The link…….
http://translate.google.com/translate?sourceid=navclient&hl=fr&u=http%3a%2f%2fslconceptual%2ewordpress%2ecom%2f2007%2f07%2f15%2fevery%2dgiant%2dtree%2ddeserves%2da%2dgiant%2dtree%2dhouse%2f

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….

Google Ad Stealing 1

Ads inserted at the end of the post but inside the page….

Google Ad Stealing 2

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~ by slconceptual on September 7, 2007.

5 Responses to “Google – Unethical Behaviour – Inserting Ads Without Permission”

  1. That’s wordpress.com doing that, not Google. See your post in the forums.

  2. Thanks for the info – apologies all round – however WordPress never informed me that it was happening and it came as something of a surprise to see them.

  3. Not a problem. It’s actually mentioned in the FAQ and most of the forum volunteers suggest reading through it as a start.

    There’s a lot of things you quickly discover that are hidden from end users and visitors. Skim through your Page Source on your site here and look at all the third party scripts in the html. 😉

  4. Nice Site!

  5. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

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