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Google TO Attack Climate Change Deniers With Ad Ban 

Google TO Attack Climate Change Deniers With Ad Ban 

Google took a big step towards political censorship Thursday when it announced a new policy designed to prevent climate change deniers from making money on its platforms.  

The policy prohibits “ads for, and monetization of, content that contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change,” wrote Google in a blog post.

“In recent years, we’ve heard directly from a growing number of our advertising and publisher partners who have expressed concerns about ads that run alongside or promote inaccurate clams about climate change,” said Google’s ad team. “Advertisers simply don’t want their ads to appear next to this content.”

What this means is that publishers and YouTube video creators who question or deny global warming won’t be able to make money or promote their content using ads. Eventually, these people will stop producing content and you won’t see anyone questioning climate change online.

Remember in 2016 when Google skewed its search results to promote favorable content about Hillary Clinton and unfavorable content about Donald Trump? This is far worse than that.

Google’s new policy has nothing to do with global warming and everything to do with free speech. What we’re seeing here is the world’s most popular search engine banning content simply because it doesn’t like it.

With more than 80% of the world’s search market share, Google could easily influence public opinion and is likely already doing so. This must be stopped before it gets out of hand.

The policy regarding climate change goes into effect for publishers in November and for advertisers in December.

Sources:

Google to Ban Ads Appearing Next to Climate Denial Content 

Google cracks down on climate change denial by targeting ads

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3 Comments

  1. Dan Tyree

    Google is falling into the trap of being a thought police.

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  2. frank stetson

    Alice, I find it hard to believe that you, a avid conservative, believer of all things private: business, life, responsibility, etc., would actually not understand that Google is NOT the public airwaves, Google is a private business and, as such, in full legal compliance here. Usually, you mantra is to protect such freedoms. Not to have the state trample on these things. You seem to just want your cake and eat it too while holding any back from gay couples. Just kidding, I am sure you are not homophobic, but I am pretty darned sure you vocally supported the baker in that because he was a private business and it is his legal right.

    I can understand why you are against this, I think you’re intent is right, but unfortunately to correct this to your current view, is not only complex, but may even have ramifications for your baker as well. As I tell Larry, in for a peck, in for a pound.

    I wonder if anyone really even knows what possible choices are to correct this. One obviously is to stop using Google in protest until the consumer gets what they want. Won’t work here since 50% are favoring Googles move, I would guess.

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    • Harold Blankenship

      Queerophobic is great

      Reply

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