States criticize Google for selling ads for illegal products

In a letter sent to Google, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt complained about Google’s practice of placing before some YouTube videos advertisements for pharmacies willing to sell percocet and oxycontin without a prescription.

I imagine illegal products pay a high price for Google ads. It should be interesting to see how Google squirms out of this one.



  • http://www.BarnesFamily.com/ davebarnes

    All drugs (except antibiotics) should be available over the counter to any adult.

    • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

      But they’re not.

    • lomifeh

      Except they should not because some of these drugs can, if taken incorrectly or without supervision can hurt or kill you.

      But that doesn’t matter because the law is what it is and in this case should be followed.

  • Colin Mattson

    Surprising that it’s that common on YouTube, given the iron fist with which they rule AdWords.

  • Jeff Zugale

    I just read an article in Wired about how Google got stung for promoting stuff like this and paid a fat “settlement” fine. Looks like they’re still up to it, eh?

    • lomifeh

      Yes they got hit for selling ads for online pharmacies in Canada selling drugs without prescriptions. Surprised they’d get hit again.

  • Kriztyan

    Squirm they will. It all depends on who you support, and Google knows how to invest in clout.