A Texas lawsuit has nailed Google for false advertising on smartphones.
“Google has reportedly been sued by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over allegations that the tech giant asked local radio DJs to record endorsements for smartphones they had not used or even been given,” reports Breitbart News.
“Google allegedly hired the radio station iHeartMedia in October 2019 to have its radio personalities record advertisements for the Pixel 4 smartphone. But the lawsuit alleges that when the advertisements were recorded, the phone hadn’t been released and none of the DJs had ever used them. The suit alleges that despite iHeartMedia warning google of the ‘violative nature of the advertisements,’ if the DJs had not used the devices, Google refused to provide phone samples,” reported Breitbart News.
“We will review the complaint but the AG’s allegations appear to misrepresent what occurred here,” a spokesperson from Google said.
“According to court documents filed in the Texas antitrust lawsuit, Google for years operated a secret program that used data from pat bids in the company’s digital advertising exchange to give its own ad-buying system an advantage over competitors,” reported Breitbart News.
“The secret operation known as ‘Project Bernanke’ was not disclosed to publishers who sold ads through Google’s ad-buying systems,” according to Breitbart News. “The project generated hundred of millions of dollars in revenue for the company every year according to the documents.”
“In its lawsuit, Texas claims that the project gave Google an unfair competitive advantage over rivals,” Breitbart reported.
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