Google AdSense Strikes Again With Vague, Arbitrary Warning Over 4-Year Old Sex Column

Nov 11, 2014
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Just one post that was part of a running sex column is flagged for AdSense policy violations.

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In May, the tech news site TechDirt.com received a warning from Google that a news article about a porn star’s intellectual property lawsuit published on its site was in violation of the Google AdSense adult content policy. TechDirt was told to remove AdSense advertising from the article page within three days or its AdSense account would be closed.

On Monday, ZDNet reported that San Francisco-based publisher, The San Francisco Appeal, received the following in an email from Google on Monday:

“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.”

Google included the article in which the “violation occurred”, but doesn’t explicitly state which part of the AdSense policy was violated. As far as actions required, Google vaguely states:

“Action required: Please make changes to your site within 3 business days.”

The page on SF Appeal that Google found in violation was an article in a sex column. The column on the whole wasn’t being flagged, as you might assume, but one post within that column, titled, “The Sexual Manifesto: Yes, It’s About Farts.”

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