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错用谷歌服务,12岁男孩欠下巨额费用

Madeline Farber 2016年10月30日

男孩家人甚至准备好走法律渠道,幸而谷歌发善心,免去了这笔费用。

在西班牙,一个12岁的小男孩,犯下了一个代价高昂的错误。

这位名叫荷西·贾维尔的小男孩是Los Salerosos乐队的小号手。他希望通过谷歌的广告平台AdSense宣传自己的乐队,结果收到了一份高达11.2万美元的账单。据CNBC报道,产生这份账单的原因是,他把AdSense和谷歌另一个广告平台AdWords混为一谈。

贾维尔显然没有意识到,AdWords会按照广告点击次数,向账户持有人收费。而他本打算使用的平台AdSense则允许人们通过自己的广告赚钱。

据《问询报》报道,为了拒绝这份账单,小男孩的家人甚至提起了诉讼。幸运的是,谷歌原谅了贾维尔的错误: 这家科技公司虽然有一个页面专门解释AdWords和AdSense的区别,但它还是取消了该账单。

谷歌通过一份预先准备的声明对《财富》杂志表示:“我们对这件事进行了调查,没有向用户收取任何费用。我们取消了未结清的AdWords余额。许多在线服务,包括谷歌的AdWords在内,对用户的年龄都有限制。”(财富中文网)

译者:刘进龙/汪皓

审校:任文科

A 12-year-old boy in Spain just made a very expensive mistake.

José Javier, a trumpet player in a band called Los Salerosos, racked up a $112,000 (€100,000) bill when he was trying to promote his band via Google’s advertising platform AdSense. But he confused it with Google’s other advertising platform, AdWords, according to CNBC.

Javier apparently didn’t realize that AdWords charges the account holder each time someone clicks on their advertisement. AdSense, the platform he intended to use, allows people to make money from their advertisements.

The boy’s family reportedly sought legal action to combat the bill, The Inquirer reports. But fortunately for Javier, Google let the mistake slide: The tech company cancelled the bill, despite having a page that explains the difference between AdWords and AdSense.

“We have looked into this case and we haven’t received any money from the user. We are canceling the outstanding AdWords balance. Many online services, including Google GOOGL -0.57% AdWords, have age limits,” Google told Fortune in a prepared statement.

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