Google Crypto Ad Ban Confirmed
Just days ago, these pages published "anecdotal reports of several companies operating in the initial coin offering (ICO) industry, Google is taking steps to restrict the visibility of ICO advertising on its platforms." As of March 13th, however, Google published Financial Services: New restricted financial products policy (June 2018), announcing it "will update the Financial services policy to restrict the advertisement of" cryptocurrencies and related content. The policy will be implemented by June of this year. By restrict, it appears some of those ads banned might be able to ultimately advertise with Google by getting certified.
To advertise through Adwords, advertisers will need to: "Be licensed by the relevant financial services authority in the country or countries they are targeting; Ensure their ads and landing pages comply with all Adwords policies; Comply with relevant legal requirements, including those related to complex speculative financial products; Advertisers can request certification with Google starting March 2018 when the application form is published. This policy will apply globally to all accounts that advertise these financial products."
Their policy comes mere weeks after Facebook announced, as documented by News.Bitcoin.com, "As of a new ruling issued on January 30, 'ads must not promote financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices, such as binary options, initial coin offerings, or cryptocurrency.'"
The economy for online advertisers is a competitive one, and Facebook/Google carve up the lion's share of that market. Advertisers have long understood negative experiences with shady ads, malware driven links, and so forth sour user experience and thereby chip away at legitimate ads.
"Bad Ads" a Constant Problem
The search giant simultaneously released metrics for cleaning up its "bad ads" problem. Last year, they zapped more than three billion ads, almost twice that of 2016. "We blocked 79 million ads in our network for attempting to send people to malware-laden sites, and removed 400,000 of these unsafe sites last year. And, we removed 66 million 'trick-to-click' ads as well as 48 million ads that were attempting to get users to install unwanted software," the company stressed.