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Pixalate Week in Review: November 6 - 10, 2017

This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.

1. Over 20% of OTT video impressions are invalid

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New research from Pixalate reveals that over 20% of programmatic Connected TV/OTT impressions were invalid in October 2017. "Of these invalid impressions, the vast majority (96.3%) were Sophisticated Invalid Traffic (SIVT)," the blog reads. Learn more about OTT video ad fraud — and how it stacks up against desktop, mobile web, and mobile app.

2. LKQD adds Pixalate's pre-bid IVT filtering to platform

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"Pixalate has partnered with LKQD to include Pixalate’s pre-bid invalid traffic (IVT) detection and filtration technology into LKQD’s platform," a Pixalate blog post this week revealed. The partnership enables LKQD users to block IVT at the supply source, based on demand tag, based on environment, and more.

3. Nearly 75% of European mobile app marketers see fraud as a serious problem

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eMarketer has reported, citing research from InMobi, that "in Europe, nearly three-quarters of app marketers polled in July 2017 believe ad fraud presents a serious problem to their operations." The article added: "The survey found that ad fraud was the second most widespread concern that app marketers have to deal with, behind only attribution. But only 44% of app marketers in Europe said they had a strong understanding of ad fraud and its potential impact on campaigns."

4. Google Chrome to stop unwanted redirects

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"Google is rolling out new security features for Chrome which will make it harder for third-party ads to subvert pop-up blockers or disguise links within a site," wrote The Next Web. "This could be part of Google’s campaign against malicious ads, which it’s been working on since earlier this year," the article added. "The company has also said advertisers have until next year to clean up their ads or they won’t appear to Chrome users at all." Per The Next Web, these redirects will start being blocked in January 2018.

5. The Trade Desk to begin using ads.txt on November 15 

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In a press release on Thursday, The Trade Desk announced that it "will begin implementing the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) ads.txt initiative starting November 15." The press release adds: "On that date, The Trade Desk will begin blocking unauthorized impressions, or impressions served through non-certified suppliers, from publisher sites that have tested, verified and finalized their ads.txt files." Download the full list of publishers with ads.txt implemented.

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