Google advertises on their own Gun site but not on Gun blogs!

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

SayUncle recently wrote here and here about how Google refuses to allow Google ads on gun blogs because….

the content of your site is largely focused on firearms, the site is not a good fit for the AdSense program.

I just realized that Google itself advertises on it’s own ‘site largely focused on firearms’! The Google Groups rec.guns group!

Here is a screenshot of Google ads on one of the rec.guns posts:

If this isn’t a double standard I do not know what is.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Countertop Countertop on Oct 09, 2007

    "their own gun related content"

    Its not their content. They are just running usenet feeds. I suspect you can probably get all the usenet porn feeds off google too. Are you saying they therefore support child porn if they run one??

    Would you rather them go through and selectively edit which usenet feeds run and which don't?? I think that sets a very dangerous precedent.

  • Steve Steve on Oct 09, 2007

    As I said in a previous comment I am not suggesting that they selectively filter Usenet newsgroups, but if they are really opposed to displaying ads on gun related content then they should filter the ads (not the content).