I’m used to seeing all sorts of spam and junk ads on the internet – not so much since I have ad blockers at work for me, but a lot of the ads on pages are served up in ways that ad blockers don’t identify them as such.
But when I go to Google News, I expect news articles and not clickbait, bayesian-filtered camel ejecta.
Here’s my news feed this morning (click the image for a larger view):
Look at the last five items. Obviously computer-generated text with garbage descriptions designed to thwart bayesian filtering. These are not even tagged as obvious advertisements as they should be.
Even though the “sources” show “The Boyne City Gazette” and “The Inland Empire News,” each link takes you via multiple redirects to “topcanadiandrugs24rx,” a scummy outfit probably operating out of India or Eastern Europe.
Click on the “Real Time Coverage” button for the “story” and this is what you get:
Come on, Google – you can do better than that.
The Old Wolf has Spoken.