Hood Angry Over Illegal Drug Ads

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says Google is still selling Internet ads promoting illegally sold drugs.

The Democratic official demands that Google CEO Larry Page attend a meeting of attorneys general June 18 to answer questions, saying earlier responses were "evasive" and "overly technical." He says if Google doesn't cooperate, he's going to recommend forcing the company to produce documents.

Hood, in a news conference Thursday, said it's wrong for Google to auto-complete searches helping someone to buy drugs without a prescription or illegally download music and movies.

Spokesman Aaron Stein says Google takes safety "very seriously" and has explained to Hood how it fights illegal pharmacies.

Google paid $500 million to the federal government in 2011 to settle claims over ads sold to pharmacies that were illegally shipping drugs into the United States.


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