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According to Google’s 2016 bad ads report, it has banned 200 websites from its ad networks for promoting fake news. Reports show that Google’s recent policy against ‘misrepresentative content’ is affecting publishers.

It was Google’s Scott Spencer, director of product management for sustainable ads, revealed in a blog post that it has banned 200 advertisers from accessing its AdSense service for posting fake news.

Google added that it had banned websites which included content such as:

  • Ads for illegal products
  • Misleading ads
  • Bad ads on mobile
  • Ads trying to deceive Google
  • Ads promoting and profiting from bad sites

The report also reveals that approximately 1.7 billion ads were removed in 2016 for violating Google’s policies, which is twice the number of bad ads removed in 2015.