In July, we reported that some users of Gmail began to notice that Google was putting in ads in the Promotions folder that were made to look like emails
. Google tried to explain away these ad-emails as a replacement for showing ad links on top of the Gmail inbox, but the practice made quite a few Gmail users upset, complaining that Google was sending spam in their Promotions folder.
Microsoft has decided to take notice
as part of its latest chapter in the long running Scroogled marketing campaign against Google over the disguised email ads and wants to highlight how Google only values its ad placements and not your content. The Scroolged website offers up Microsoft's own opinion on the practice:
Your email provider should protect you from spam, but Google is doing just the opposite; they're reading your private email conversations and using what they find to push junk mail directly to your Gmail inbox.