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Russia Chides Google for Gambling Ads

Internet search giant Google was scolded this week by Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service for published gambling ads on its search engine.

The FAS contacted Google to warn the group after a user complained about seeing the ads on his computer. Google quickly responded, saying that the ads slipped through their AdWords filter and quickly worked to remove the spots.

Commenting on the matter a Google statement read: “Unfortunately, in some cases questionable advertisers attempt to find holes in our filters by various means and sometimes they succeed. We are constantly improving our system and working on the reliability of our filters."

Gambling in Russia is heavily restricted, only legal in four states that have been distinguished by the federal government.


On December 22nd, the Russian Federation opted to fine Google for their slip up, charging the search giant $1,600 for the violation. The fine stems from what Russia called “...the distribution of gambling, their organizers and related services in the Google search engine on the territory of the Russian Federation”.

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