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Despite all of Google’s efforts to remove and prevent vaccine misinformation, some do slip through the cracks. Here is one example that was spotted by a former Googler who is now the California Chief Technology Innovation Officer at the California Department of Technology, Rick Klau.
UPDATE: It was not really a fake ad, so I will keep looking for fake ads – more details below at the bottom….
Rick said on Twitter that he just searched for vaccine information for son in Lane County Oregon and this ad from egov dot com slash official underscore site came up. Here is the screenshot – I like to note, I have been trying to get these types of ads to come up in Google randomly for a while and thankfully have been unsuccessful.
Ginny Marvin, who left me for Google, said she passed it along to the right people at Google:
I’ll pass this along.
— Ginny Marvin (@GinnyMarvin) April 2, 2021
Supposedly there has been this type of stuff showing up in the ads here and there but no really easy way to report it?
don’t have any option in UI to report; the report an ad interface doesn’t offer an option for covid impersonation. Only thing that I see when I click ‘about the advertiser’ is this 😬 pic.twitter.com/9wW2KZwqfh
— Rick Klau (@rklau) April 2, 2021
Have you seen ads like these?
Forum discussion at Twitter.
Update: This was just a weird looking real ad, not a fake ad.
Turns out to be legit (oregon is working with egov), but ad showed in cyrillic for some reason
— Rick Klau (@rklau) April 5, 2021