$5m is Not Enough
People and businesses that exploit children should not be.
Owner of defunct former giants AOL and Yahoo, Oath, has been fined $5m for illegally selling ads to kids. The New York attorney general's office imposed the fine for what it says was "billions of auctions for ad space on hundreds of websites the company knew were directed to children under the age of 13." That selling of …
I came here to say the same thing. Billions of ads across 100's of websites. Even at a 1c per ad, and "only" 2 billion ads, that's an income of $20 million. "Billions" could be many more than just 2B. Anyone know what sort of income is actually generated by ad brokers per ad?
I think the correct question is if the fines serve to correct behaviour. If not, they're clearly too low.
Personally I am all for bringing back the pillory or even the stocks, accompanied by the sale of rotten tomatoes with proceeds exclusively going to charitable purposes, mainly because fines just tend to invite creative accounting and allow the real culprits (management) to escape.
I am willing to donate a whole crate of tomatoes for people like Zuckerberg, Trump and the whole Facebook board. Maybe we could auction off kicking them from behind as well.
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