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Sure, but Google doesn't own all the billboards in town. I regularly see pages with Taboola panels on the bottom.

Taboola is scum.

Anything related to advertising is

Why do you say that?

Never heard of them so I searched the web. Wikipedia says they also provide the Around the Web and Recommended For You boxes at the bottom of web pages. Haven’t read further, but I assume the reaction was prompted by them serving that lowest quality click bait made to look like page excerpts from the site you’re actually visiting.

It is often more than clickbait, it's entirely misleading to the point where if you click (for science) it's nothing like what is shown.

At least that was true when I checked it out years ago when Slashdot started running them. Which is also around the time I stopped visiting that site.

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