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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Google Views Supporting Free Speech as Hate Speech

Back in January of 2015 I did a blog post in support of Charlie Hebdo. You might recall the situation, the magazine had a cover depicting Mohammad and as a result a crazy person shot up the magazines office.

My blog post was this, "In light of recent events I feel need to add my support to France and freedom of speech in the right against extremism." 

I then posted the magazines image. 

Charlie Hebdo


With the text, "The more you extremest try to tell us what we can not do, the more we will do it..."

The page as received a massive 408 page views since it was posted to today. Two days ago I received the below from Google basically referring to my supportive post as something that:

  • Threatens or advocates for harm on oneself or others;
  • Harasses, intimidates or bullies an individual or group of individuals;
  • Incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.

Personally I don't see how supporting a magazine, free speech, and have an attitude of anti-shooting of others falls into this category, but apparently that's just me. 

So I've taken the post down as they requested, since they don't provide an option to appeal... lets see what happens to this post. 

Hello,This is a warning message to alert you that there is action required to bring your AdSense account into compliance with our AdSense program policies. We’ve provided additional details below, along with the actions to be taken on your part.
Affected website: thecrankymonkey.com
Example page where violation occurred: http://www.thecrankymonkey.com/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-mohammed-cartoons.html?m=1
Action required: Please make changes immediately to your site to follow AdSense program policies.
Current account status: Active
 Violation explanation



As stated in our program policies, Google ads may not be placed on pages that contain content that:
  • Threatens or advocates for harm on oneself or others;
  • Harasses, intimidates or bullies an individual or group of individuals;
  • Incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.


How to resolve:
  • If you received a notification in regard to page content, we request that you immediately remove Google ads from the violating pages. If you are unable to, or unsure of how to remove the ads from these pages, or would like to continue monetizing the page with Google ads, please modify or remove the violating content to meet our AdSense policies.
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You do not need to contact us if you make changes. Please be aware that if additional violations are accrued, ad serving may be disabled to the website listed above. You should immediately take time to review your pages with Google ads to ensure that they comply with our policies.
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