Google curbs essay-writing service advertisements

Summary:Corporations over time gain social responsibility for the products they release: Microsoft and their report abuse features, Facebook and their privacy settings, and now Google are adding more to the list.I spoke some time ago about plagiarism, more on a positive note, considering the use of plagiarism detection style software is being used for finding authors of extremist material.

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Corporations over time gain social responsibility for the products they release: Microsoft and their report abuse features, Facebook and their privacy settings, and now Google are adding more to the list.

I spoke some time ago about plagiarism, more on a positive note, considering the use of plagiarism detection style software is being used for finding authors of extremist material. Now, however, Google are adding another category of products to the blacklist of advertisements and sponsors provided with each search result.

Although this is old news, dating back as far as 2007, any advertisements which display anything to do with essay writing, or providing essays and coursework for students at college or university, have been banned. Plagiarism is a serious problem in universities, as more and more people try it every year but more often than not, they are caught.

The managing director of essaywriter.co.uk, Matthew Wilson, spoke to The Guardian, said although they discourage students from using the essays on their website as a substitute for their own work, the ban on advertisements on such businesses would punish legitimate companies. The BBC wrote:

Google's forthcoming ban on adverts for "academic paper-writing services and the sale of pre-written essays, theses, and dissertations" means that essay websites join a blacklist of "unacceptable content" including adverts for weapons, prostitution, drugs, tobacco, fake documents and "miracle cures".

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