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Microsoft’s Bing blocked 5,000,000 cryptocurrency ads in 2018 - The Next Web

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Microsoft’s Bing has boasted it successfully blocked more than 5 million cryptocurrency-related ads, after it imposed a strict marketing ban last year.

In a blog, Bing detailed its problem with spam from sketchy advertisers. It described how they inundate the service with “harmful and misleading ads, persuasive content, and innocent looking URLs that lead to phishing, malware attacks, and other types of fraud.”

“We suspended nearly200,000accounts from the Bing Ads platform, twice the number in 2017.900 million bad adsand300,000bad siteswere also removed from our system,” wrote Bing. “To put it in perspective, if one person took a single second to find and take down each bad ad or scammer, it would take them nearly30 yearsto remove the same number found by our automated methods in 2018.”

Less than 1 percent of ‘bad Bing ads’ were related to cryptocurrency

Of the eye-watering 900 million dangerous ads removed, Bing noted over 5 million were taken down for containing...(continued)

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