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wednesday 1 Jul 2020 Web Stories2020-07-01
Samsung is forcing ads to their phone users and there is nothing you can do to stop them. It started with an ad from DirectTV in the stock dialer app.
Now ads exist throughout a bunch of Samsung apps. Samsung Music has ads that look like another track in your library. Samsung Health and Samsung Pay have banners for promotional ads. The stock weather app has ads that look like they could be news. There is also more often very blatant advertising in most of these apps as well.
If you’re a Samsung user, you might be wondering “how do I shut off the ads?” The answer is, unfortunately, you (mostly) can’t. You can disable Samsung Push Services, which is sometimes used to feed you notifications from Samsung apps. So disabling Push Services means no more push notification ads, but also no more push notifications at all in some Samsung apps.
Looks like Google is running ads in Local Business’ Location Panels in the SERPs, these used to appear way back in 2017 and it looks like they are running again. I am not sure if it’s a US-only thing I haven’t seen these in Australia.
Sample Query: Try searching for sammy’s mexican grill on Mobile or Desktop. I was NOT able to trigger the result with the ad from Australia or USA.
I haven’t seen any official statement from Google regarding this but apparently according to SearchEngineLand Google is streamlining ‘Ad’ labelling for Shopping ads and the black Ads labels that are shown for text ads in the SERPs will start to replace the sponsored label in the upper right above Shopping ads on desktop.
Companies Running Financial Services Ads in the UK May Need to Complete the Business Operations Verification Program from July 2020support.google.com
From July 2020, Google will require advertisers who are engaged in the promotion of financial services in the UK to complete the Business operations verification program, when requested by Google.
Advertisers will be asked to provide information about their business operations. This includes, but is not limited to, their business model, services offered by the advertiser, and their relationships with advertised brands or third parties.
Advertisers will be notified individually and given 21 days to submit the verification form. Failure to fully complete the verification program will result in account suspension with a 7 day notice period issued to the advertiser.