Apps that can monitor your husband’s or girlfriend’s text messages are now banned from Google advertisements.
Google has aired its newest ad ban “better late than never” situation wherein they have updated their advertising policy update. In its latest advertising policy update, Google informed everyone that “stalker ware” apps will no longer be advertised through the platform anymore, starting this Aug. 11. In case users aren’t aware, this specific repulsive software is largely associated with abusive partners or merely stalkers who want to stalk activities of their significant others.
There are numerous apps that Google will no longer including call, text, and GPS tracking apps, and anything advertised intending to stalk someone without their consent. Google is not just talking about software but also hardware like cameras and audio recorders that are explicitly marketed as spying devices. Violators caught will have their accounts suspended with at least a seven-day warning ahead of time.
The platform already doesn’t allow stalker ware apps on their Play Store, and sometimes remove batches of them after they slip through the loopholes. Users can understandably wonder why there wasn’t already an advertising policy against these sorts of apps, but there is one now.
Last year, The NortonLifeLock and Electric Frontier Foundation partnered up to form a Coalition Against Stalker ware. Its website has educational materials as well as safety resources for victims. According to A NortonLifeLock study published earlier in 2020 found that 46 percent of Americans admitted to cyber-stalking a partner or ex in some form, with men being more than twice as likely to use the apps to do it than women.