Microsoft Phasing Out ‘Scroogled’ Campaign
Bing’s “Scroogled” campaign, the one that not-so-subtly claims that you’re getting screwed by Google on a everyday basis (Bing says that it’s not Screw-gled, but Scrooge-led, like Ebenezer). is on the way out.
According to KQED, the TV, newspaper, and social media ad campaign is about to cease.
“That part is about finished,” said Stefan Weitz, Microsoft senior director of online services.
The Scroogled website is still up and running, and there’s no word on whether Bing will abandon the campaign entirely. But it looks like the actual advertisements are about to be phased out.
Originally targeted at Google Shopping results, Bing eventually morphed the Scroogled campaign into an attack on Google for purported Gmail privacy violations.
“Think Google respects your privacy? Think again. Google goes through every Gmail that’s sent or received, looking for keywords so they can target Gmail users with paid ads. And there’s no way to opt out of this invasion of your privacy,” says the Scroogled site.
That claim, which correctly points out the Google does (algorithmically) scan message content to serve ads, is a bit misleading (in-depth on that here).
Here’s a statement we received from Microsoft on the campaign:
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