Google bitcoin ban: New policy on cryptocurrency is ‘heavy-handed’ and ‘unethical’, say experts

Google’s decision to ban all bitcoin and cryptocurrency adverts on its platforms is ill-thought-out and potentially even unethical, according to industry experts. The new policy, which has been announced in a blogpost in March, comes into effect this month. Both Google and Facebook have recently revealed their interest in cryptocurrencies and their underlying blockchain technology, leading to speculation that the advert ban is not solely motivated by a desire to confront criminality. A Google spokesperson declined to comment on either the ban or speculation surrounding its cryptocurrency and blockchain ambitions.

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