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US News Google profiting from illegal weapon sales

18:10  19 february  2020
18:10  19 february  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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is accusing Google of “ profiting handsomely from illegal behavior” by doing too little to remove search results for the buying and selling of illegal This behavior means that Google is putting consumers at risk and facilitating wrongdoing, all while profiting handsomely from illegal behavior

Although Google eventually took significant steps to prevent illegal pharmacies from displaying ads on the search engine, the U.S. government required a payment of While Google is sure to maintain that they are not responsible for the illegal ads that generated the sale of the illegal Olympic tickets, their

a close up of a sign: Google is profiting directly from the illegal online sale of weapons in the UK © Getty Google is profiting directly from the illegal online sale of weapons in the UK Google is profiting from the illegal online trade of weapons including stun guns and pepper sprays, which are being advertised and delivered to offenders in the UK.

Paid-for listings on its shopping service as well as ads on Google Search are promoting sellers on eBay and other sites who are offering to illegally sell and ship weapons to British consumers.

Electroshock weapons advertised by Google include a stun gun advertised as 950,000 volts - almost 20 times more powerful than Tasers used by police. The UK-based firm listing this product, DirectNine, did not respond to requests for comment.

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As far as who profits from illegal gun sales its criminals. Sure if you buy a Remington gun somewhere up the line Remington sold the gun and made their As a consequence of the sale , the original owner will probably buy a new weapon (probably using insurance money) so helping generate more wealth

Isn't the point of a " sale " to profit ? Are they supposed to be free? Essentially, while the government can pass a law regulating whom my possess certain items, the government cannot pass a law against making a profit because such would be a law against capitalism and the concept of free market and

a screenshot of a cell phone: The ads for the illegal weapons appeared in Google Search. Sky News has blurred a legal ad. © Press Release The ads for the illegal weapons appeared in Google Search. Sky News has blurred a legal ad. Selling, buying or possessing pepper spray, stun guns or CS spray - tear gas - is illegal in the UK under firearms law, and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

However the weapons are available freely in foreign countries and are being posted to consumers in the UK, most often by vendors using online shopping platforms such as eBay.

The majority of advertisements and listings which Sky News found on Google for illegal weapons linked back to products listed on eBay.

A spokesperson for the company told Sky News in a statement: "These items are banned from eBay's platform in line with our Weapons Policy. We have removed the items and are taking enforcement action against the sellers."

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"On every check we have made, Google ’s search engine gave us easy access to illegal goods including websites which offer dangerous drugs without "This behavior means that Google is putting consumers at risk and facilitating wrongdoing, all while profiting handsomely from illegal behavior."

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However a check on the site following this statement showed multiple listings for illegal weapons were still up.

Border Force has seized thousands of so-called "non-lethal firearms" which have been illegally imported into the UK since 2013.

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Figures released by the agency suggest attempts to import the weapons are continuing to rise, reaching a record 2,082 individual weapons in 2018.

Although figures are only available for the first half of 2019, it was already the second busiest year for Border Force since records began.

Crime statistics recording the use of the weapons also suggest an enormous rise in their use by criminals, with a record number of offences recorded for the financial year ending in 2019.

In its statement to Sky News, the Home Office said: "The sale of weapons online is dangerous and illegal. We expect companies to go further and faster in reducing the risks their platforms post, which includes robust processes in place to swiftly remove illegal content."

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Amazon declined to comment on its illegal sale of a weapon banned under the Firearms Act 1968. At £99.95, the Zap Light was sold at a big mark-up to prices available in America, where it can be bought for just . At that profit margin the seller was happy to priority ship to the UK at no extra cost.

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a screenshot of a cell phone: Google Shopping features paid-for listings for pepper spray © Other Google Shopping features paid-for listings for pepper spray The department has announced it will be expanding the role of the communications regulator Ofcom to cover online harms, which include websites and e-commerce companies facilitating criminal activity.

eBay's spokesperson said: "We have no tolerance for unsafe or illegal products on our marketplaces, and it is required in our User Agreement that all sellers comply with the law.

"If a seller is found to be breaching our polices, we take action in the form of a warning, restriction, suspension or ban," they added.

A spokesperson for Google told Sky News: "While we want Google Shopping to help connect people with advertisers and products, we have policies that determine which ads we do and don't allow; and we require all advertisers to comply with local law.

"When we find products on Google Shopping in violation of our policies or the law, we act quickly to remove them," they added.

Google said it uses a combination of algorithmic assessment and human review to monitor whether its listings contain illegal content.

Although the listings which Sky News sent to Google were taken down, it is unclear whether they would have been addressed by the web giant if Sky News had not identified them.

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