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Google defends Yahoo ad deal amid criticism

Grant Gross | Sept. 22, 2008
Google steps up its defense of its proposed ad deal with Yahoo.

The Google explanations didn't sway some critics.

Google has attempted "to weave and spin this critical issue," said Jeffrey Chester, a frequent Google critic and executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy and open Web advocacy group.

The issue isn't as simple as Armstrong's posts suggest, and Yahoo's decision to turn over a core part of its search functionality could leave the company "fatally wounded," he said. The deal also raises privacy concerns, Chester added.

"Yahoo's future, in my opinion, as a full-service online ad company is endangered, as more businesses realize that its search ad business relies increasingly on Google," he added. "Google should have been able to acknowledge that a major deal with its leading search competitor raises serious questions worthy of broad debate and critical analysis."


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