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Google cracks down on climate change denial by targeting ads

Oct. 08, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Google is cracking down on digital ads promoting false climate change claims or being used to make money from such content, hoping to limit revenue for climate change deniers and stop the spread of misinformation on its platforms. The company said...

California pharmacy owner gets 5 years for $13M fraud scheme

Oct. 06, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man who owned a Southern California pharmacy was sentenced to over five years in prison after he admitted submitting more than $13 million in fraudulent insurance claims for expensive medication. Thu Van Le, 42, pleaded guilty in July to one...

Ozy CEO: 'premature' to shut down after week of scandal

Oct. 04, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of Ozy Media on Monday said it had been “premature” to shut down the company and that he wants to keep operating, despite a scandal-ridden week that exposed Ozy as an outlet without much of an audience. Carlos Watson, a former former...

Macy's sues to keep Amazon off billboard space at NYC store

Sep. 29, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's has filed a lawsuit against the company that owns the giant billboard next to its flagship Manhattan store, fighting to prevent Amazon from taking over the advertising space that carried Macy's name for almost 60 years. In the lawsuit, filed last...

Hawaii leaders want official fired for COVID drug remarks

Aug. 26, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — State legislative leaders have called on Hawaii's governor to fire the Maui district health officer for promoting the use of drugs to treat COVID-19 that haven't been approved for this use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Sen. Roz Baker, a...

UK watchdog: Facebook's ownership of Giphy hurts competition

Aug. 12, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook's ownership of Giphy will hurt competition for animated images, U.K. regulators said Thursday, meaning the social network could ultimately be forced to unwind the deal if the provisional findings are confirmed. The Competition and Markets...

Facebook bans firm behind Pfizer, AstraZeneca smear campaign

Aug. 10, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that it has removed hundreds of accounts linked to a mysterious advertising agency operating out of Russia that sought to pay social media influencers to smear COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca. A network of...

Rights group urges Western firms to stop Belarus TV ads

Aug. 04, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German-Swiss group that campaigns for human rights in Belarus called Wednesday for Western companies to stop buying airtime for advertising on the authoritarian country’s state broadcasters. Libereco said major consumer goods companies such as Procter...

EU investigates Facebook's proposed purchase of Kustomer

Aug. 02, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators are opening an in-depth investigation of Facebook's plan to buy Kustomer over concerns that the deal would stifle competition for customer relationship management software. The EU Commission said Monday it's also investigating...

MyPillow advertiser shunning Fox for refusal to air ad

Jul. 30, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Fox News' most visible advertisers, Mike Lindell and his MyPillow line of products, has pulled commercials from the network over a refusal to air an ad promoting discredited claims of election fraud. Fox confirmed the moves on Friday, which were...