In the past few months, Google has been forced to remove hundreds of thousands of articles that appeared to link to Google ads, but the company says they are actually sponsored content.
Google News, a search engine that lets users search the internet for news, has been the subject of a number of recent allegations of misleading advertising.
In a statement issued late last month, Google said that it removed links to Google Ads in news stories that have not been fact-checked or verified, and also removed links from news stories with the misleading label “sponsored content.”
The company said that “in all cases, Google did not verify the validity of the content that was linked.”
“We also take this responsibility seriously, and are always reviewing our practices to ensure that the information in our reports is accurate and up-to-date,” Google said.
It’s unclear what caused the errors in the articles.
In some cases, the errors appear to have come from Google News’ own algorithms.
Google said it removed ads linked to the Google News website after receiving complaints from users who found the links in their news feeds.
Google’s advertising network, AdSense, which partners with Google to help businesses monetize their content on Google, said in a statement that it has taken action against hundreds of ads in recent weeks.
“We take our role in the advertising ecosystem very seriously, which includes making sure that advertisers can continue to reach their audiences,” AdSense said.
“When we discover inappropriate or misleading content, we work quickly to remove it from our AdSense service.
AdSense is committed to doing the right thing, and we encourage Google News users to report any violations of our policies.”
Earlier this month, a Google search for “how to tell whether a news article is an ad” produced a page that listed more than a million results.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.