According to Google, the conservative news site has failed to produce an adequate amount of “original content” to continue utilizing the internet advertising tool provided by Google. Of course, the claim seems mildly curious given the fact that news aggregators around the world use AdSense for their primary, or supplemental, income.
In fact, Google was the subject of criticism and ridicule several years ago when they decided to “take a stand” against guns by altering their AdSense agreements and web-search algorithms to exclude tools of self-defense. In their “prohibited” content section any website that sells or advertises “weapons or ammunition (e.g., firearms, firearm components, fighting knives, or stun guns)”… Right. Because selling a tool that is enumerated as a “right” under America’s founding document is clearly antithetical to good business practices.
Weasel Zippers is a site that “scours the bowels of the internet” for stories that relate to conservative values, liberal bias, or other politically objectionable tidbits from around the interwebs. Highlights from the stories are then posted on the site (with a link) and are usually accompanied by original observations, comments, or analysis… And despite this being a relatively normal practice for news aggregation websites, this
particular conservative site has found itself singled out by Google’s compliance department.
Google, as it turns out, will likely be able to continue to thrive as a software innovator while discriminating against those pesky conservatives and gun owners.