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Spread of Bad Ads Pretty Terrible, Confiant Reports

In its eye-opening new report on ad quality , Confiant finds that 1 out of every 200 ad impressions from the open exchanges is malvertising. If 1 trillion ads are being served through the open marketplace monthly, Confiant estimates that 5 billion are malicious. Make sure you have smelling salts…

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Three Pillars of Ad Quality: Time for Compliance

You can point to your specs, you can point to LEAN, but getting compliance from the buy side is still a challenge. So what should an overall framework for creative compliance look like? Brian LaRue explores the importance of working proactively to block bad ad creatives before they hit the…

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Ads.txt Adoption Passes 50%, Content Recommendation Deals Evolving

Survey Says: Ads.txt Adopted by Over Half of U.S. Publishers OpenX ran an audit on the comScore top 1,000 publishers in the U.S., and found that over 50% had adopted ads.txt. It feels like we were just saying, “Ads.txt is something that should happen in order to clean up the…

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Weekly News Roundup: Facebook’s Ad Algorithm Problem, The State of Data, The Future of the Long Tail

Facebook's Content Problem Is an Ad Problem, Too Couple fresh dispatches from the “You Can’t Automate Everything” beat: Facebook is catching heat over ads both weird and fraudulent on its platform. The Daily Beast’s Taylor Lorenz published a detailed exploration of the bizarre, impractical products (cat blindfolds? Plastic doodads of…

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Through a Scanner Frequently: When Malvertisers Evade the Scanners

Earlier in 2017, savvy publishers and platforms started noticing a gnarly new breed of mobile redirects, one that’s particularly evasive to common-practice malware prevention methods. It’s a new page in the standard playbook malvertisers long ago developed to skirt around the watchdogs in the ad ecosystem, one that allows them…

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Quality Climbs Up the Chain: A Conversation on Security and QA with The Media Trust’s Chris Olson

As the ultimate destination for advertising and interface for users, digital publishers have long borne the responsibility of preventing malvertising and other nasty business from sneaking through. However, quality control is imperative for all the players in the advertising chain – and in the last few years, exchanges and other…

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Where User Experience and Ad Ops Collide

The latest wave of advertising is giving me some chilling flashbacks to the age of endless animated MySpace banners, pop-unders and other horrors of the aughts. Instead of learning from that assault of awfulness, digital advertising has somehow grown more intrusive and annoying – in-feed units, auto-play video (with sound?!?!),…

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