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Google charged with "lying to Texans"

by on16 May 2023

That's a shoot'n 

Google has agreed to an $8 million settlement with Texas over deceptive ads for its Pixel 4 smartphone, in which radio DJs were hired to provide testimonials without being given the phone to use.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton made the announcement last week claiming he was calling Google out on account of it "lying to Texans for financial gain."

Apparently the tech giant "hired radio DJs to record and broadcast detailed testimonials about their personal experiences with the Pixel 4," but then "refused to provide the DJs with a phone for them to use," Paxton said.

The tech giant had previously settled claims from the Federal Trade Commission and six other states for approximately $9 million, and Paxton seemed proud that his "settlement recovers $8 million for the State of Texas alone."

Paxton said that "if Google is going to advertise in Texas, their statements better be true."

He said: "Texas will do whatever it takes to protect our citizens and our state economy from corporations' false and misleading advertisements." 

It will be interesting if he shows the same commitment during the next round of elections where "false and misleading advertisements" are pretty much currency.


Last modified on 16 May 2023
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