December 21, 2022 — By: Craig Silverman and Ruth Talbot for ProPublica
Pixalate is featured in ProPublica's comprehensive examination of Google's online advertising ecosystem and problems that have arisen from what ProPublica calls the "Black Box Ad Empire."
Google's massive ad biz
As part of its investigation, ProPublica examined an ad company called PapayAds. Here's what ProPublica wrote:
"...the story of Google’s relationship with PapayAds goes deeper. It also includes a possibly related scheme involving online piracy, fraudulent advertising and fake online traffic."
Pixalate's investigation into PapayAds with ProPublica
ProPublica and Pixalate worked together to investigate ad transactions linked to PapayAds. Pixalate's findings are highlighted by ProPublica:
ProPublica added: "Pixalate’s findings did not attribute the automated traffic to a particular entity. It’s possible the bot activity was connected to PapayAds’ clients or another entity."
Google, piracy, and missing privacy policies
Read more of ProPublica's investigation into Google's ad business
Read the whole article on ProPublica.