Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) has confirmed to The Wall St. Journal that the company’s advertising revenue is not a primary driver of the rise in spam, according to an email obtained by The Wall.
The email was provided to The Journal by an unidentified person who said they had reviewed Google ads for its search and news products.
The data in the email shows that Google did not see an increase of spam during the first quarter of 2016, which is a month after the launch of its Google Plus app and Google’s new Gmail service.
The emails comes a day after Google said its ad revenue is down slightly from the same quarter last year.
Google shares are down 2% this week and closed Thursday at $107.60.
Shares of Google have been on a roller coaster ride, but investors have come around to the company.
The company posted a $100 billion profit in the first nine months of this year, a turnaround that many analysts see as a result of Google’s move into artificial intelligence.
Google is also making moves to bolster its advertising business.
It has hired a new chief marketing officer, Jim Dolan, who has been in charge of Google Search, Google News and YouTube, as well as its YouTube Red and AdWords advertising services.
Google said Dolan will join its ad sales team, where he will oversee Google’s advertising efforts for businesses and media.
Google also announced a partnership with Netflix Inc. that will allow advertisers to pay for more targeted ads and content, along with more direct and on-device advertising.
In a letter to investors last week, Google said it expects to grow its ad business by $1.3 billion in the second quarter.
Google stock fell 2.5% Thursday to $105.93.