Google AdSense to News Site: Change Your Content, or Else.

google-adsense-to-news-site-change-your-content-or-else-v3-620x335Interesting piece on ZDNet about Google.

Summary: Google’s AdSense has told San Francisco news outlet The SF Appeal that it has three days to remove editorial content that violates its advertising policy. UPDATED.

Google’s AdSense has told San Francisco news outlet The SF Appeal that it has three days to remove editorial content that violates its advertising policy.

SF Appeal Publisher Eve Batey said, “Your advertisers shouldn’t be telling you what to cover in your publication.” She added, “that Google seems to think that it’s OK to send a vague email like this is pretty staggering, and seems to suggest that the company is not the friend to journalism they claim they are.”

Update: Google’s spokesperson responded to this article saying that despite Ms. Batey’s email from AdWords telling her otherwise (included in this article), Ms. Batey and ZDNet are incorrect to believe that AdWords is requiring content to be changed.

Google’s spokesperson clarified that this news website must follow the Google AdWords adult content policy.

Google said this morning via email, “We don’t comment on specific publishers, but below is a general statement. Also here is more on our adult content policies. Your headline is inaccurate — we don’t require publishers to change their content. They cannot run ads against content that is not in line with the policies (so they could take the ads off those pages and still run them elsewhere on the site).”

Ms. Batey responded, “Given the email sent to us by Google, then, Google’s remark that “they could take the ads off those pages and still run them elsewhere on the site” isn’t accurate.”

“That said, this response does a terrible job of even pretending to address the question posed, nor the issues raised in your report.” read more:

Does LBC Censor Any Mention Of David Icke?

You’ve got to love James O’Brien on LBC, that’s Leading Britains Biased Conversation.

Now, I’ve got to admit that I enjoy listening to James. His command of the English language is is superb, taking no prisoners when callers annoy him, although unusually flexible to having his opinion changed if a good argument is offered. Coming from a journalistic background, James followed his wonderful father into the once noble profession. Mystery hour on a Thursday between 12.00 and 13.00 is also compulsive listening.

David-Icke & James O'BrienJames works for LBC which is owned by Global Radio, part of the Heart, Capital FM, Classic FM, XFM, Gold and Smooth Radio group. Global, under the Heart brand, have taken over much of the old Independent Radio network. Good small local commercial stations becoming homogenised into a massive impersonal mind numbing network.

James does however show his true colours when the “conspiracy theory” alarm goes off as a caller on Mondays show found out. The discussion was centered around the Child Abuse inquiries after the resignation of Fiona Wolfe. This caller wanted to put forward the view that child abuse in high political life was nothing new, and dared to say that David Icke wrote about it years ago. At the mention of Ickes name, O’Brien terminated the call immediately . Now to be fair to O’Brien, the end of the call did sound a little odd, so the seven second delay button may have removed something that could not legally be broadcast, but to me it sounded like he was just cut off.

This makes me wonder, was it his choice to refuse to discuss someone, who’s views have been shown to be correct time after time, or does the aptly named Global Radio have a special panic button. After all, James iain-dale-fight-3-460x288Whale who was never frightened to include Icke when he worked for Talk Sport, was allegedly shafted by Global when he worked for LBC, replacing him with Iain “Kick Up” Dale. Good choice Global, good choice.