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Google disalowing firearms & ammo promotion & sail

104RFAST104RFAST Senior MemberPosts: 1,281 Senior Member
HamLund Tactical received this email and posted it on 68forums.com (emphasis added) ...

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.

Replies

  • davidwellsdavidwells Banned Posts: 2 New Member
    I am amazed what the Google really wants to do??? With a sky high crime rate in America owning a gun is mandatory. And most of the time you don't even need to fire a single bullet as only the knowledge that you are carrying a gun fends off criminals. With government regulation already throttling our right to personal safety I strongly condemn this new policy of Google. If there would be no ads of firearms on such a big platform how are we supposed to know what are our options regarding purchase of a firearm, what fits our budget and all the other things. I suggest that Google should review it's policy, it can place an age limit on viewing firearm ads but shouldn't totally ban them.
  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    davidwells wrote: »
    I am amazed what the Google really wants to do??? With a sky high crime rate in America owning a gun is mandatory. And most of the time you don't even need to fire a single bullet as only the knowledge that you are carrying a gun fends off criminals. With government regulation already throttling our right to personal safety I strongly condemn this new policy of Google. If there would be no ads of firearms on such a big platform how are we supposed to know what are our options regarding purchase of a firearm, what fits our budget and all the other things. I suggest that Google should review it's policy, it can place an age limit on viewing firearm ads but shouldn't totally ban them.

    Google Smoogle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't use google unless I absolutly have to! We are going to see more and more of this kind of actions taken by sites such as google and others.
    With a sky high crime rate in America owning a gun is mandatory.

    It's not the crime rate that mandates firearm owner ship, but rather our own 2nd Amendment of the BOR!!!!!!!!!!!!
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Google is a company that can do whatever they feel is best for their business. If we don't like it don't use Google. If you feel the need to let Google know how you feel, CTD has a Facebook page dedicated to this.

    http://cheaperthandirt.com/blog/?p=23469
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • SlanteyedshootistSlanteyedshootist Senior Member Posts: 3,947 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Ummm, yeah. Maybe make a box that says "click here if you are over 18". That will stop those pesky teenagers!

    You mean that doesn't work?
    The answer to 1984 is 1776
  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,772 Senior Member
    I don't use Google very much anymore now it is ether AVG search or Zone Alarm.
    .
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,626 Senior Member
    If google wishes to alienate between one fourth to one third of the populace in America, then I guess that's their decision. Seems a bit short-sighted, but I'm sure it made sense to lots of pencil pushers and legal weenies somehow.
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,863 Senior Member
    There seems to be a difference between 'Google Shopping' and 'Google Search'.
    Google Search will still turn up whatever firearm related products you want. Just don't use 'Google Shopping'.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
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