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.
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.