Outrage On Social Media As Ethereum (ETH) Gets Blacklisted On Google Again

Last year, due to the prevalence of ICO and cryptocurrency related scams, the biggest search engine in the world, Google, blocked cryptocurrency related ads. Companies that wanted to host ICOs could no longer advertise their products on Google. After a while, the dust settled and Google started allowing a group of reputable companies within the United States and Japan display ads on its platform. However, Google appears to have blacklisted Ethereum as a keyword on its platform.

Google Blacklists Ethereum

The attack on the cryptocurrency community at this time isn’t directed to the entire market but to the third largest cryptocurrency per market capitalization, Ethereum. A few days ago, as reported by smarttest.wpmudev.host, a Serbia-based Ethereum platform announced that its Google ads that had the keyword, Ethereum weren’t displaying.

Yesterday, the blockchain platform, Decenter announced that Google has blacklisted ads related to Ethereum from its advertisement network. The post on Reddit was as follows:

“Google has several economic and political agendas and they are always willing to use their services to promote their preferences. YouTube and AdSense are well known for this. Recently, some incidents were reported on the play store as well. Even with their ‘do no evil motor’, they are willing to use their power to influence, economic and political matters.”
This time, Google is being accused of blacklisting Ethereum for the no apparent reasons. According to the post from Decenter, Google denied making any changes to their ad policies. The post continued:

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“We have been using Adwords for over six months now and it has given our smart contact auditing services more visibility. Recently, we noticed a few changes in the display. It appears Google has completely blacklisted the keyword: Ethereum. Ads with this keyword are no longer displaying.”

When the team tried to contact Google regarding the issue, the giant claimed that it had not changed anything about its advertising policies. Even with what they claim, the fact remains that Ethereum ads have not been displaying on the search engine since the 8th of January 2019. The smart contract platform added:
“We believe that Google is particularly targeting Ethereum for reasons we aren’t sure of yet. We wanted to see if, as a community, we can pressure Google to adjust their keyword policies or explain why they decided to blacklist Ethereum.”

Members of the cryptocurrency community have been urged to search Google for EOS Smart contract audits and Ethereum smart contract audits to confirm if Google has blacklisted ads related to Ethereum smart contracts.

Ethereum (ETH) Price Analysis

Ethereum is currently trading in green at $128.70. It is up by 8.23% against the USD and up by 5.0% against Bitcoin. The trading volume over a 24 hour period is $2,734,188,204 and the market capitalization is $13,434,356,293. The minor bullish rally may have been ignited by the Ethereum Constantinople fork that’s scheduled to take place tomorrow, the 16th of January 2019. It’s still early to determine if the price action will be affected negatively or positively by the upgrade. The next few days will determine if the price action will change or not.


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