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Social Media News - The Google AdSense Conspiracy Theory

Google angers web publishers

The social media world woke up to some interesting news, as there were allegations by an apparent former Google employee aimed at the giant firm. They posted an aggressive and precise exposé making accusations that Google had banned hundreds of web publishers from its AdSense advertising system in order to save money.

Source: plus.google.com

To back this argument up the leaker claimed that Google underwent a huge AdSense policy restructure in 2009 due to the online publishers earning too much from the system.

“We were told to go and look into publishers accounts, and if any publisher had accumulated earnings exceeding $5,000 and was near a payout or in the process of a payout, we were to ban the account right away and reverse the earnings,” the leaker says.

Providing the accusation is true, it would mean that Google have been profiting by denying web publishers their YouTube payment earnings, and pocketing it for themselves. Google has responded to the allegations, and has rigorously denied them.

“This description of our AdSense policy enforcement process is a complete fiction.” The Google statement then went on to say that “our team and automated systems work around the clock to stop bad actors and protect our publishers, advertisers, and users.”

Source: snowwriter.com

This debate will rage on, and some people online are simply saying that the exposé is merely the product of a disgruntled AdSense publisher. Google seemed very calm about the allegations, but if it is true, then the company will lose the trust of everyone who invests time in its features.

Many livelihoods will have been affected by the lack of payments, and for a company the size of Google pocketing relatively small payments in comparison to the sums they deal with, would be a huge moment for the company.

Despite many thinking that the rumours are true, the person who leaked the information did not name himself or herself, and also no names were dropped in the text. This would be a route unlikely if maximum effect was desirable. It will be fascinating to see how this develops over the coming weeks, as if the claims are legitimate, then it may have an Edward Snowden impact on the social media world.


Alex is an English Literature and Sociology undergraduate whose love for written word has led him to write about some obscure topics in his time. Currently a content writer at Social Media Frontiers, be sure to follow him @AlexSatSMF.

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