On this site, I can see low-quality clickbait ads pretty often. Here are some screenshots (they're in Greek, links intentionally not included):

Clickbait ad.

Clickbait ad.

Clickbait ad.

I'm pretty sure this isn't supposed to happen here, and it's really degrading the site's quality, so I'd appreciate it if this could be fixed. I haven't seen it on any other community so far, that's why I'm posting it here and not on mother meta. All three examples' links start with this:

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    I'd bet money you've got a nasty on your computer somewhere - either a virus or (more likely) a rogue browser extension.
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 16:42
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    @ArtOfCode I'm 100% sure that's not at all true. I've got a constantly updating Kaspersky Antivirus 2019 and each and every extension is checked. Also, I think that the URL prefix ensures that too.
    – EKons
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 17:03
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    I can confirm this, visiting from a pristine temporary Chromium profile. I get clickbait scam/spam advertisements in German, mixed with the regular ones, all from the same openx domain. Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 17:08
  • @ByteCommander Same URL prefix? Asking so that the responsible team might be able to pinpoint it to a single offender that slipped through the cracks.
    – EKons
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 17:10
  • Yup, exactly the same URL pattern. Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 17:21
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    Further investigation suggests that this is a problem on all sites across the network (at least the smaller sites which don't serve their own community ads or get otherwise topical/filtered ads only). Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 17:49
  • @ByteCommander Huh, not for me... and I've whitelisted every SE site from my ad blocker.
    – EKons
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 17:53
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    @EKons I am forwarding this to the appropriate team. Thank you for posting the images and URL!
    – Juan M
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 19:25

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These ads have been reported and the possible funnel closed. OpenX was contacted and they have addressed the issue. Please let me know if you see them again.

  • The only thing I'm seeing now (and for a few hours already) is blank white areas where the ads used to be (my ad blocker has been set to whitelist Stack Exchange), and I refreshed a few times, so I'll say that, for now, the issue has been solved. Thanks for your assistance!
    – EKons
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 20:50

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