30 Nov '12, 1pm

PRWeb Lead To Fake Press Release. How Should Google React?

Earlier this week, I spotted a press release pushed out by PRWeb about Google acquiring WiFi provider ICOA for $400 million. I sent it to the Search Engine Land's editors to review but then after a second glance it seemed weird. In fact, I was in a hangout with Google's John Mueller and I asked him, doesn't this press release look fake? He said, maybe but typically they are legit. I read lots of press releases and many from Google and it didn't seem real for several reasons. So I told the editors to hold off and I emailed Google to find out if it is real. They told us they did not acquire ICOA. As Greg Sterling said, most news outlets ran to cover it without verifying. And Danny Sullivan explained how easy it is to spam PRWeb with real and fake news releases. This leads me to the question, will Google do something that encourages press release companies to take verificatio...

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