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Google Issues Ultimatum to Conservative Website: Remove 'Hateful' Article or Lose Ad Revenue

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posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:11 PM
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Google getting real "threatening" and touchy about websites that seem to not always agree with some political thoughts.

Now a site called The Liberty Conservative claims Google has "told" them to remove a specific article or else.

The "else" = get cut-off from ad revenue !!

Apparently an article's author is somehow connected to "Unite the Right" (Charlottesville connection).

Possible some "legitimacy" to Google's decisions, but it slaps the face of free speech.

This isn't a "government" action, but it might be getting close.

Business is Business as they say.

Evidently, the article in question has been "removed".

Google Issues Ultimatum to Conservative Website: Remove 'Hateful' Article or Lose Ad Revenue


On Tuesday evening, Google sent a conservative website an ultimatum: remove one of your articles, or lose the ability to make ad revenue on your website. The website was strong-armed into removing the content, and then warned that the page was "just an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of this website."

"Yesterday morning, we received a very bizarre letter from Google issuing us an ultimatum," Shane Trejo, media relations director of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Michigan, wrote on The Liberty Conservative "Either we were to remove a particular article or see all of our ad revenues choked off in an instant. This is the newest method that Big Brother is using to enforce thought control."

The ultimatum came in the form of an email from Google's ad placement service AdSense. The email specifically listed an article on The Liberty Conservative's site, stating that the article violated AdSense's policies.






posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:13 PM
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Google was neutral for a long time.

We all got to watch for free as the Right pushed them into the Left.

You alienate people and create your own enemies, and now Google can't be trusted.

All you did was ruin it for everyone else.



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:14 PM
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Yeah, google is going full blown PC. They don't really care if a few people don't use their service, they have control of plenty of revenue.. so it's in their best interest to pander to current trends so they can continue to rake in record profits, and spy on innocent Americans a lot easier.


Google doesn't give a # about anything but the almighty dollar, and to control all information.



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:20 PM
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Has anyone ever made any money from Google ad revenue?

Is this a real threat?



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posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:25 PM
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C'mon xuen. You know this isn't covered by the 1st. Private business, not a government entity. And try to boycott them.
They are pretty much a monopoly.



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:25 PM
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a reply to: eXia7

Google is a business. They aren't some divine oracle of Truth or Free Speech or Public Information Giving Tree for All.

They're just a business. A very big and powerful one that is connected to many aspects of our lives. But still just a business. They don't owe anyone anything just because.

All businesses pander to someone. Most likely it's source of money. Same can be said for everything else too. Schools, Governments, Individuals, etc. Literally everything.


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posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:26 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

Google has every right to deny free speech and to censor and to be as Nazi-like, as draconian, as authoritarian as they want.




posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:26 PM
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a reply to: Jefferton

Yeah. Millionaires. Unfortunately.



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:28 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

Would you be happy if they were forced to make nazi birthday cakes?

Would that make forcing a business to do something better?

Why dosent a far right guy make his own Google so people can stop crying.



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:29 PM
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a reply to: Jefferton

Of course. Why do you think there are so many YouTube channels all wanting you to subscribe to them?? Once they get a bunch of subscribers advertisers start using their channels to advertise and people make money from it.

All those channels aren't self supported after all.



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:29 PM
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a reply to: CarlsBad

It's all Trump's fault isn't it?



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:33 PM
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Monopoly is great you can basically do whatever the hell you want.

A proper competitor will emerge in the not too distant future methinks, driven primarily by Google's atrocious business practices that alienate customers and advertisers alike.

They'll probably change their tune then.



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:34 PM
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a reply to: luthier

It's not just a problem for the Right either. There are Liberal News channels that also had their funding cut by Google because the advertisers don't want their ads coming up with some channels of political ideas no matter what side of the isle it is because there is so much controversy in politics right now.

Anyone telling you it's only on one side is lying. The Right always want to cry foul that they're being singled out because they have a martyr complex. They like to claim to be the victim as much as anyone else. But there is always more to it than their self proclaimed martyrdom.



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:35 PM
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Personally, I think hate speech should not be tolerated. Kudos to Google.


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posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:36 PM
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I have a sneaking suspicion if Google were biased in the opposite direction, the word fascism would be getting thrown around wildly. Yes they are a private business and can do what they want but that doesn't mean we should stop criticizing them for things we feel are wrong, they will never do the right thing if they are never told they are doing the wrong thing.
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posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:43 PM
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a reply to: Ohanka

Unlikely. Google is worldwide. Not just the States. The percentage of users that have a problem with this is less than 1%.



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:46 PM
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originally posted by: Jefferton
Has anyone ever made any money from Google ad revenue?

Is this a real threat?



Doesn't it say that the article has been removed, and the site itself still stands, so presumably the site itself removed the article..and you wonder why?
What's the difference between one site and say, ATS which by default does not promote free speech, or clickbate outside of it's T&C? regardless as to how that may work in practice.

Here's the bit for anyone who didn't use the piggin' link in the first place...and which the OP could have at least struggled to reproduce here.


'As stated in our program policies, Google ads may not be placed on pages that contain content that: Threatens or advocates 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," the email stated.'


edit on Thu Aug 31 2017 by DontTreadOnMe because: SOURCE IS NEEDED IMPORTANT: Using Content From Other Websites on ATS

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posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:50 PM
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A point has been made.

Google is just saying that you can't make money off of something they don't like.


I'm sure that people still post and make horrid essays on the internet. They just may not be able to profit from it.


That doesn't take away the fact that Google is trying to manipulate content by denying financial incentives.



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:50 PM
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originally posted by: Ohanka
Monopoly is great you can basically do whatever the hell you want.

A proper competitor will emerge in the not too distant future methinks, driven primarily by Google's atrocious business practices that alienate customers and advertisers alike.

They'll probably change their tune then.


Yeah, that exists already and it's called LiveLeak.



posted on Aug, 31 2017 @ 06:52 PM
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a reply to: intrepid

In more normal times, such a monopoly status might invite government regulation. But we aren't in such normal times, are we?

Nearly 20 years ago, I used to say jokingly Google would control the world. All this time later, it's clear that wasn't such a joke after all.

I think now it's safe to assume that Google's behavior is an indication it believes it's reasonably safe from any material interference from government entities. Europe has given it a good try, but let's face it, anything they try to do hardly matters to Google now.

Can anybody cite another example of a company in history that has acquired as much power over the daily lives of so many individuals? If Google wants to nearly destroy you, it can within a few simple clicks.





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