Published on September 2nd, 2017 | by Alan Cross3
I Posted This Breast Cancer PSA and Google AdSense Made Me Take It Down
A while back, I posted this PSA for a breast cancer awareness campaign on this website. This week, the webmaster got an email from Google AdSense demanding that it be removed less we lose our advertising privileges with Google. The email reads in part:
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: ajournalofmusicalthings.com
Example page where violation occurred: http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/breast-cancer-awareness-campaign-features-singing-boobs/
Action required: Please make changes immediately to your site to follow AdSense program policies.
Current account status: Active
As stated in our program policies, we may not show Google ads on pages with content that is sexually suggestive or intended to sexually arouse. This includes, but is not limited to:
- pornographic images, videos, or games
- sexually gratifying text, images, audio, or video
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.
IT’S A FREAKIN’ BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PSA! And what’s more, the PSA is hosted on YouTube, which, the last time I looked, was a division of Google. And yes, the video is still there, although woe to anyone who dares embed it on a site dependent on AdSense. I’d appeal, but the email I received doesn’t offer that option.
Stupid robots. Any suggestions on how to rage against this machine?