Google has agreed to pay the state of Texas $8 million to resolve allegations of misleading advertising for the Pixel 4 smartphone. informed Reuters, citing a statement by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The allegations stemmed from Google hiring DJs from radio stations “to record and broadcast detailed reviews” about using the Pixel 4, although she refused to give them the phone herself to actually test its functionality.
“Texas will do everything in its power to protect our citizens and our state’s economy from false and misleading corporate advertising. If Google wants to advertise in Texas, its claims have to be true. said the Attorney General. — In this case, the company has obviously made false claims, and our agreement holds Google liable for lying to Texans about financial matters.”.
Google, in turn, stated in its statement that it bears full responsibility for adhering to advertising laws. “We are happy to solve this problem” — said the press secretary of the search giant Jose Castaneda (Jose Castaneda).
A few months earlier, Google and iHeartMedia agreed to pay the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several states $9.4 million as part of settlement of allegations of false advertising for the Pixel 4.
This isn’t the first time Google has faced government lawsuits. Last year, the company paid $391.5 million to settle a 40-state class action lawsuit that accused the company of misleading location history because it continued to collect location data from users after it was disabled.