Google Exercises Gun Control


With Google being the major presence on the internet and now seemingly having ties to the government and doing their bidding in providing information and even censoring web sites, it should come as no surprise that Google is now in the business of gun control. That's right, Google Shopping is now controlling guns, ammunition and gun accessories from showing up in their search. They are censoring perfectly legal products.

A weapon's parts and accessories vendor, Hamlund Tactical received a notice from Google outlining what they expected from their customer. The notice said:

Dear Merchant,

We’re writing to let you know about some upcoming changes to the product listings you submit to Google. As we recently announced, we are starting to transition our shopping experience to a commercial model that builds on Product Listing Ads. This new shopping experience is called Google Shopping. As part of this transition, we’ll begin to enforce a set of new policies for Google Shopping in the coming weeks. A new list of the allowed, restricted, and prohibited products on Google Shopping is available on our new policy page – http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/ApI7UWRj6OCZpd.

Based on a review of the products you’re currently submitting, it appears that some of the content in your Merchant Center account, HamLund Tactical, will be affected by these policy changes. In particular we found that your products may violate the following policies:

Weapons

When we make this change, Google will disapprove all of the products identified as being in violation of policies. We ask that you make any necessary changes to your feeds and/or site to comply, so that your products can continue to appear on Google Shopping.

To help you through this new set of policies and how to comply with them, we would like to give you some specific suggestions regarding the changes needed to keep your offers running on Google Shopping.

Weapons

As highlighted on our new policy page http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/ApI7UWRj6OCZpd, in order to comply with the Google Shopping policies you need to comply first with the AdWords policies http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/StQ08jAzM4fVtG. We do not allow the promotion or sale of weapons and any related products such as ammunitions or accessory kits on Google Shopping. In order to comply with our new policies, please remove any weapon-related products from your data feed and then re-submit your feed in the Merchant Center. For more information on this policy please visit http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/GbBNIGHOribLzf.

We’re constantly reviewing our policies, and updating them when necessary, to ensure we’re offering the best experience possible to our users. We’ve identified a set of policy principles to govern our policy efforts on Google Shopping in the U.S. These principles are:

1) Google Shopping should provide a positive experience to users. Showing users the right products at the right time can truly enhance a user’s experience. When people trust us to deliver them to a destination that’s relevant, original, and easy to navigate this creates a positive online experience to the benefit of both users and merchants.

2 ) Google Shopping should be safe for all users. User safety is everyone’s business, and we can’t do business with those who don’t agree. Scams, phishing, viruses, and other malicious activities on the Internet damage the value of the Internet for everyone. Trying to get around policies or “game the system” is unfair to our users, and we can’t allow that.

3) Google Shopping should comply with local laws and regulations. Many products and services are regulated by law, which can vary from country to country. All advertising, as well as the products and services being advertised, must clearly comply with all applicable laws and regulations. For the most part, our policies aren’t designed to describe every law in every country. All advertisers bear their own responsibility for understanding the laws applicable to their business. Our policies are often more restrictive than the law, because we need to be sure we can offer services that are legal and safe for all users.

4) Google Shopping should be compatible with Google’s brand decisions. Google Shopping must be compatible with company brand decisions. Our company has a strong culture and values, and we’ve chosen not to allow ads that promote products and services that are incompatible with these values. In addition, like all companies, Google sometimes makes decisions based on technical limitations, resource constraints, or requirements from our business partners. Our policies reflect these realities.

We’ve given much thought to our stance on this content, as well as the potential effect our policy decision could have on our Merchants, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Sincerely,

The Google Shopping Team

© 2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Merchant Center account.

Now understand, I firmly believe Google has the right to do this. They are a private company. However, the only concern I have has been their ties to the federal government. Also, their ties to the NSA, as well as, their intrusive privacy terms does make one wonder if their is a greater agenda behind the censoring of guns and gun products.

For instance Allahpundit over at HotAir dealt with the dismissal of McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, and McMillan Group Internationsl by Bank of America after 12 years. From that story we learn the following:

  • Bank of America was the recipient of well over 100 billion dollars in federal money
  • They are one of just two vendors processing payments for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign
  • Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the site of the Democratic Nation Convention in September
  • During the 2010 midterm elections Bank Of America opened 32 million credit line for the Democratic Party
  • They donated $421,000 to President Obama’s 2008 campaign

Allahpundit concluded the post with a little insight, “If the Democratic leadership needed a favor from BOA, the bank might be in a position where it felt obliged to comply even at the risk of some sort of political backlash on the right.”

Google finds itself in a similar and very curious position as Bank of America was. Google has made huge contributions via their PACs, individuals, employees and owners and their families of $608,000, including their own Executive Chairman, Eric Shcmidt who donated $5,000 out of his own pocket to the Obama campaign. They also lead Obama donors for 2012 with $270,000.

Not only that but Google also secured a contract worth $35 million from the U. S. Department of the Interior, beating out Microsoft for email and collaboration software for over 90,000 employees.

So does all this seem curious to anyone else?

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  • JJM123

    The only thing Google I regularly use is Google Maps. Very seldom Google Search. Boycott is in order.

    • Way2MuchGov

      Bing maps is better. Switch.

  • toolate54

    They don't allow guns but do they allow PORN? Of course they would because they would loose hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars/.

  • neonoah

    amen

  • Wayne Baxter

    Hey Raymond,
    It's nice to see that some of the 'young ones' have it together!
    Once a Marine, Always a Marine - Ooh Rah
    Wayne Baxter
    MGySgt. USMC Ret.

  • Phil185

    Hmmmm guns are bad, yet, all the porn and dating sites can spam my email daily and tha'ts OK. Liberals can kiss my ass!!

  • Blair

    I'm not a gun owner.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A223ACWLZDDRM3C43YC5EA57FU Tom

    Well, let's start calling these very fast lead beads "Brains". If you have brains you will be safe.

  • William

    Tim,

    Thanks for the article. it is informative, however you've made one huge mistake. Google is NOT a private company. They are traded publicly under the symbol GOOG. Does this change your perspective or comments about understanding them discriminating against vendors and eroding the Constitution's 2nd Amendment?

    I own Google stock but this article not only sways me away from keeping it but also makes me consider to step away from Android products entirely. The iPhone 5 this October 2012 looks appealing and Bing or Yahoo will now take precedent.

    Doing a search on Google, I found Glenn Beck's name and searching for both shows some further compelling facts.

    Your article is spot on, other than the private company comment. Thanks again.

    Long live the Constitution, down with Google!

    William A.

  • ted dils

    I will not be using google.......any further...this is obama n..his and communist its time for a revolution ....tar and fether all them...send them all to the equator let them sweat.....the rest of their lives..their families too. !!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Young/100001630951601 Mike Young

    Well it is a good thing I don't and won't use Google to do my shopping with, It appears by their own admission that they will censure and discriminate who they will allow to advertise and allow to promote using their site and I will not shop with them, I and hundreds of thousands of other shoppers will Boycott Google.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Dean-Cole/799874237 Robert Dean Cole

    Maybe it's time for all of us gun owning, Second Amendment abiding citizens to delete Google from our computers and use Bing or any other search engine. I always knew that the two clowns who started Google were left-wing socialist zealots; but, this is going too far. I understand that Google is a private business and as such has a right to set its standards. But, that doesn't mean I have to aid and abet their clumsy attempts to further the cause of gun-hating liberals in perpetrating gun control on me. I, for one, will never make another Google search. They make their money by selling advertising and generate income from search "hits" on advertisers' websites. Allow me to start my own personal boycott, right here, right now.

  • StevenWBenner

    How do I express directly to Google, that I am no longer going to use any of there services, nor purchase anything from anyone that does business with them. Then, how do I do that? Where can I find that list of businesses, so I can forward the list to all my friends and relatives.
    I was distrurbed when Google caved to China, but I rationalized it as better to have google there with restrictions, then not at all, and with google and the internet, people will find a way to get the information that they want (after all I have porn censoring software on my computer, yet it still gets through univited)
    Then I dismissed the charges of favoritism and disfavoristism as sour grapes or not that big of a deal, but now I have had enough. What's next?
    I am telling you what's next. I am censoring Google from my life.

  • http://twitter.com/BACFA BACFA hates unFair

    Disarmed means ready for reaping

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_REFOGE4Q2OLNXCSQA3KT6623FE Joe in CT

    It all makes perfect sense. Economic intimidation is right out of Uncle George's playbook; and Obama does what he is told. Seriously, does anyone really think Obama runs his own show? He's not smart enough, nor mature enough.
    I just killed my gmail email account, wiped Chrome and Earth off my PCs', and blew off Google Search. There are other players in the market.
    Let's spread the word around, and start a Google boycott. A sharp knife has two cutting edges, and cuts can be made in both directions with the blade. Amazon would sure like to have its business increase, and if it is smart, will take advantage of this gaffe by Google.

  • Reb

    I thoroughly agree. I would deffinately like to boycott Google, but I can find no way to contact them and/or to eliminate them as my ISP. I would go to anyone else if I could get rid of Google. They are also limiting the number of emails that I can send, but again I cannot contact them to ask why, and how ot get around this limit. I would appreciate any and all help.

    Thank you,

    Reb

  • Laurence

    Let us all remember the quote from Communist Lenin:
    "One man with a gun can control 100 without one." (Do you wonder that China has strict gun controls?)

  • Laurence

    It is not curious - it is perfectly obvious what the corporations are doing: furtheing the socialist agenda of the Demos, and Obama in particular. All fredom-loving American should avoid using Google or Bof A, or any good or services provided by Socialist-sympathetic corporations. There are many other search engines available and many other banks, so use them!