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Technically I guess this might be site-specific (so migrate if needed), but as the official announcement on ads says the following, I'm reporting it here for the time being1. Additionally, the way I understand it, this ad could be triggered anywhere on the network.

If you see any ads that are inappropriate or have any questions about this experiment, please let me know by starting a new question and tagging it with .

I just witnessed this ad on the Workplace:

weight loss ad in French

https://google-bidout-d.openx.net/w/1.0/rc?ts=2DAABBgABAAECAAIBAAsAAgAAAfEcGApJMHV0RElGdVEzHBaMqvq5xZqR17IBFuuLvKGkrvnK0wEAHBaTx72i0bCsyfgBFo3r1NOzl8mt7wEAFpaNk9gLFQYALBwVAgAcFQIAHBUCAAAcJrrv5YMEFQQVBCa47-WDBBbsy9WDBNaaARaaARaaARZkFmQWZBZkFsIBABwcLBaAsYqku-yDrSoW67K12efigOelAQAAFpTZmIAEFoC9m4AEFryx3oMEFqax3oMEFRgcFPQDFNgEABUEJsIBFsIBFsIBETUOACwsFsv6va627-DxMha3tNid58LglfABABaWjZPYCwYolNmYgAQWgL2bgAQWprHegwQWvLHegwQYFFNxS2YySG9CaHZ2dVFUbVdJUG40JsIBJQQWKBgHYWRwaWxvdBUClqrAhQMRERgCT1gMehT4AxTeBAAoA3J0YoEADDwYb2h0dHA6Ly9ncmVlbi5lcm5lLmNvL29wZW54L25vdGlmeT9pZD1oekg1bDR1XzU1R3g2cjVtS1owOEhKZ2thd1JQdXpZY3k0NFhDV1BEZEpVZmxFcVBNQ0pnaGcmd3A9JHtBVUNUSU9OX1BSSUNFfSg1c3RhcmJvZHlwb3NpdGl2ZS5ldUB0cmVuZC1jaGFzZXIuY29tQGNhbm9vZGxlc291cC5jb20AAAA&r=https://green.erne.co/clicks?id=hzH5l4u_55Gx6r5mKZ08HJgkawRPuzYcy44XCWPDdJUflEqPMCJghg&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffr.starbodypositive.eu%2F%3Faid%3D1307%26ac%3D-lESO7p6FY92JiaiixhDC-openx%26rh%3Dworkplace.stackexchange.com%26cid%3DSqKf2HoBhvvuQTmWIPn4%26cp%3D20190918_seMC26sVAdIpRl749ZiR

As one can guess even without speaking any French, it's some "doctors say this weight loss method is amazing" pile of crap (plus, it's animated). Can it please be removed?


Just got one more, on ELU, Travel and the Workplace. It appears to be from the same site. Is there more to it or should I just blame caching?

yet another weight loss ad

https://google-bidout-d.openx.net/w/1.0/rc?ts=2DAABBgABAAECAAIBAAsAAgAAAdUcGApUbVlMWXZheE1LHBbj9aWt2ZuH42cW08-nu4D4i8b6AQAcFq6Yov7e_YKWIBbb2Zv5teeWrbcBABb0h5XYCxUGACwcFQIAHBUCABwVAgAAHCa67-WDBBUEFQQmuO_lgwQW7MvVgwTWZBZkFmQWZBZkFmQWZBZ0ABwcLBaAsYqku-yDrSoW67K12efigOelAQAAFpTZmIAEFoC9m4AEFryx3oMEFqax3oMEFRgcFPQDFNgEABUEJnQWdBZ0ETUOACwsFrvivfX084LKkQEW0ZD8qoG8sJ6nAQAW9IeV2AsGKJTZmIAEFoC9m4AEFqax3oMEFryx3oMEGBRFSXduU2VqeURNVEdSaGlXMWg3WiZ0JQQWEBgHYWRwaWxvdBUClqrAhQMRERgCT1gMehT4AxTeBAAoA3J0YoEADDwYb2h0dHA6Ly9ncmVlbi5lcm5lLmNvL29wZW54L25vdGlmeT9pZD1pZXExNzhPTk1RZ2QzX0tDR2RZb3UyZUt3QjlyQ1JUOU1CSTZleENtLXdCOXJsVlZNZDRYSmcmd3A9JHtBVUNUSU9OX1BSSUNFfSgic3RhcmJvZHlwb3NpdGl2ZS5ldUBnaXZlaXRsb3ZlLmNvbQAAAA&r=https://green.erne.co/clicks?id=ieq178ONMQgd3_KCGdYou2eKwB9rCRT9MBI6exCm-wB9rlVVMd4XJg&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffr.starbodypositive.eu%2F%3Faid%3D1307%26ac%3D-UJYSzt34tKODRcAy2eto-openx%26rh%3Denglish.stackexchange.com%26cid%3DEIwnSejyDMTGRhiW1h7Z%26cp%3D20190918_KFaOw50xGiJfhmK5Eu9I

1 I don't have an account on The Workplace, and would rather not create one for a single meta post.

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    Wasn't Google fined by the French this year? It is payback time ... – rene Sep 18 at 17:22
  • Hi, Are you still getting ads when browsing with Fr culture. – xdtTransform Oct 2 at 14:47
  • @xdtTransform hi, yeah I'm still getting some, though not the spam ones above. Why? – Jenayah Oct 2 at 15:50
  • Humm interesting. I have been reporting ads every day. But I don't them anymore on my VM, without any adblock. But getting ads everywhere else. I have stoppped my daily report because I thought there where no more ads. It was over. – xdtTransform Oct 2 at 15:54
  • @xdtTransform for what it's worth, I mostly browse on mobile, and often on stacks where I see reduced ads to begin with, so maybe I'm not a good test sample. You might want to ask in French.SE's chatroom, surely more people will be able to answer – Jenayah Oct 2 at 16:32
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Thank you for reporting this ad. We will remove it from all properties immediately.

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    Even if you remove this one, what steps are you going to take to prevent such ads in the future? Removing bad ads after someone notice and reports is meaningless if there's constant stream of bad ads. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Sep 18 at 18:31
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    Ah, my bad; seems someone else had posted it on the main announcement already. Though the present question got acted faster. Terry, please, what's the preferred way to report to you guys? Is posting the report as a new question easier for the staff to handle? – Jenayah Sep 18 at 21:27
  • Please check the updated post - there might be more to it, or it might just be me having to blame caching. – Jenayah Sep 18 at 21:38
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    As long as you keep using shady ad providers, this will keep happening. – Magisch Sep 19 at 7:30

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