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Google takes down 93,000 scam ads

Google has revealed that it took down more than 93,000 ads linking to scam sites from July to December last year, in response to requests from U.K. consumer protection authorities.

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Google has revealed that it took down more than 93,000 ads linking to scam sites from July to December last year, in response to requests from U.K. consumer protection authorities.

The figures for AdWords-related removals in the last half of 2010 were released as part of the Google Transparency Report on yesterday. In the report, the company tallies the amount of content it has taken off its AdWords service and its search, Google Images, YouTube, Street View, Blogger, and Google Video sites, after receiving submissions from government bodies.

"The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading requested the removal of fraudulent ads that linked to scams," Google said in the report. "We complied with the request and removed 93,360 items in total."

Read more of "Google takes down 93,000 scam ads" at ZDNet UK.