Two years ago, to avoid prosecution, Google agreed to pay $500 million for aiding illegal online pharmaceutical sales. Google acknowledged that it knowingly assisted online pharmacy advertisers run ads for illegal pharmacy sales that targeted American customers.
At the top of Google’s keyword search results, websites known to sell counterfeit goods are still listed, USA Today reports.
“On every check we have made, Google’s search engine gave us easy access to illegal goods, including websites which offer dangerous drugs without a prescription, counterfeit goods of every description,” Hood said. “This behavior means that Google is putting consumers at risk and facilitating wrongdoing, all while profiting handsomely from illegal behavior.”
Google said, “We take the safety of our users very seriously and we’ve explained to Attorney General Hood how we enforce policies to combat rogue online pharmacies and counterfeit drugs. In the last two years, we’ve removed more than 3 million ads for illegal pharmacies, and we routinely remove videos that are flagged for violating YouTube’s guidelines regarding dangerous or illegal content.”