Google ads found to promote businesses charging extra for services
Google has been promoting ads for businesses which charge fees for services that the official companies or bodies providing those services offer at a lower price or free.
The investigation by the BBC found numerous examples of paid ads featuring higher in Google’s search engine, including a firm charging £49 for changing an address on a driving licence, which is something the DVLA does for free.
Meanwhile, a company selling visas for China for tourists with a UK passport came first in the rankings, charging more than double the Chinese Embassy, which is seventh on the search results page.
A Google spokesperson told the BBC: “We have policies that prevent ads for paid products or services that are available from a government or public source for free or at a lower price, unless they offer a clear added value.”
Google says it will investigate the findings.
Boots launches Fenty Beauty concession
Boots UK has launched Fenty Beauty by Rihanna as part of its plans to transform the high street beauty experience.
The global beauty brand will be available in 32 stores across the UK and online, with a wait