Google has removed a sex trade app from its Google Play marketplace – but only after pressure from Members of the US Congress.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, co-founder of the Human Trafficking Caucus, and a New York representative for the Democrats, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn asked Google in April four questions about exploitative advertisements:
1. Apart from Google’s donations to large human rights organizations, what is your company doing internally to ensure that sexually exploitative advertisements do not appear?
2. What is Google’s stated internal policy regarding exploitative advertising? What evidence do you have that those policies are being complied with by both Google’s internal and external advertising sales teams?
3. What steps does Google take to instruct its advertising sales managers, consultants, and other employees regarding the evaluation of advertisers of such exploitative marketing?
4. If Google were to determine that it profits from such advertising, what steps would you take to ensure those profits were publicly disclosed and then disgorged? Would that process require restating Google’s earnings for past securities filings?
Google says it prohibits sex work advertising from its Adwords network and co-operates with law enforcement agencies.
Learn more at Andrew Orlowski’s The A Register article: Google acts against prostitution app after complaints from Congress.