Google, Yahoo! And Microsoft Reach Settlement Over Illegal Internet Gambling

The Department of Justice says that Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft have reached a $31.5 million dollar settlement for promoting illegal gambling, according to Reuters.

The companies were accused of receiving money from online gambling businesses to advertise illegal betting from 1997 through 2007.

As part of the settlement, the companies will pay cash to the U.S. government and provide millions of dollars worth of public service advertisements informing young adults and teenagers that Internet gambling is illegal.

We just can’t wait for those ads. Do teenagers internet gamble a lot? Or does public service advertising just automatically target them because they’re the easiest people to patronize?

Microsoft, Google and Yahoo settle gambling claims

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