Google announces ad-ban for sleazy bail-bonds companies


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/07/no-ads-for-you.html


#2

Well okay they are doing some not evil with that.


#3

Are there any non-profit bail bondsmen? I’m all for transparency and bail reform but not sure this is a business that works at all unless you can stand to make a few bucks.


#4

There are some.

Of course, the US and the Philippines are the only countries where this business is legal. Everywhere else, it is illegal to post bail for someone in exchange for money.


#5

It’s all well and good when giant tech companies do the right thing, but it’s a bit unsettling to realize the make-or-break power* that is granted to un-elected and unaccountable companies. It sort of makes me feel like I’m living under a benevolent dictatorship. I’d rather see the payday loan and bail-bond companies be heavily regulated by a democratically elected government.

*I’m not sure it will break these companies, since I have no idea what proportion of their business is brought in by internet advertisements.


#6

Non-profit doesn’t mean you can’t make a few bucks. It means after you pay everybody, you can’t make more and enrich the shareholders. The CEO of a large nonprofit can make a startling salary.

But I’ve never heard of a nonprofit bail bondsman. (EDIT: until @AlexG55)


#7

This could be bad news for the Bears.


#8

Still- there was one bail bondsman I liked.


#9

Excellent. So, following the no ads for sleazy companies thing, I guess the big G will be banning Wells Fargo ads also, right?


#10

Cool. So instead of a guy being trapped in a cycle of debt with the bail bondsman, he’s instead just trapped in jail.


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