Several weeks ago, I bought a google adword for myself. Why? Mostly just for fun, to play with the technology. It gives me some indication of how often I am “googled” and lets me cover the most frequent mis-spellings of my difficult name. Unfortunately, I am apparently not “Google material.” Just got this email:
> AD TEXT:
> Alex Halavais
> He sees all, knows all.
> Want to know why?
> Action taken: Suspended – Pending Revision
> Issue(s): Unacceptable Content
> -> Content: At this time, Google policy does not permit the
> advertisement of websites that contain “language that advocates against
> an individual, group, or organization”. As noted in our advertising
> terms and conditions, we reserve the right to exercise editorial
> discretion when it comes to the advertising we accept on our site.
Of course, they haven’t told me what is objectionable on this site. I have an email in, but while waiting for the official response, I figure I’ll leave it to the readers to place bets on what the offending parts of the site are. (I certainly have my own guesses–but it’s really hard to be sure.)
Wasn’t there some quickly forgotten ideal at Google not to do evil? Since when did enforcing political homogeneity fall into that rubric.