These issues, of course, did not deter Google from attempting to sell the phones to consumers. However, if a recent Texas complaint is to be believed, the corporation may have gone too far with some of its Google Pixel 4 advertisements (via Market Watch and a hat tip to Android Central).
Have Google’s Pixel 4 advertisements gone too far?
Google allegedly compelled eight famous radio DJs to lie about their experiences with the Pixel 4 in 2019, according to a complaint filed by controversial Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. According to the complaint, Google reportedly provided the DJs with pre-written remarks praising the Pixel 4 from a first-person viewpoint. “I’ve started shooting studio-like shots of everything… my son’s football game…,” for example. a meteor shower… a rare spotted owl in my garden…”
Google apparently rebuffed the DJs’ requests to actually use the phones or tweak the phrasing so it didn’t appear like it was based on their own personal experiences.
Google attempted to broadcast a second batch of Google Pixel 4 advertising in 2020. The DJs apparently requested physical equipment once again in order to avoid lying on the radio. According to the complaint, Google refused until the DJs tried to purchase Pixel 4 smartphones on their own.
If this case gets to court and Google is found to be in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act, the company will be fined. The fines may be up to $10,000 for each of the 2,405 ad broadcasts, totaling more than $24 million.
Google has been contacted for comment on this article. If and when the corporation responds, we will update it.
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