Sources: Google , , CNBC, Morality in Media [blog]
quote: but ask yourself WHY they're not carrying the ads.
quote: Add to the fact that goog is the dominant ad network and things start getting seriously disconcerting.
quote: Google and a few other (extremely!) major players stand in the position to virtually strangle certain forms of free speech if they so desire.
quote: Beginning in September, Google plans to block firearm, ammunition, and gun accessory ads. According to Google Support's "Dangerous Products or Services" page, the company "[wants] to keep people safe both online and offline, so [they] won't allow the promotion of some products or services that cause damage, harm, or injury." Included in the dangerous products for which ads will be blocked are "Guns & Parts." This covers "functional devices that appear to discharge a projectile at high velocity, whether for sport, self-defense, or combat." Also included is a ban on ads for "any part or component that's necessary to the function of a gun or intended for attachment to a gun." This covers "gun scopes, ammunition, ammunition clips or belts." The ban will also halt ads for "dangerous knives... throwing stars, brass knuckles, [and] crossbows," among other things. Google Support says the ads that will be banned "are subject to change."
quote: My only comment here is that Google is a privately held company
quote: and as such does not have an obligation to "maintain policies in line with the first amendment".
quote: While I agree that the principles of the constitution are great and most components are worthy of respect in all aspects of our community...it's not a requirement.
quote: Google is a corporation and lest we forget, corporations are designed to maximize profit above all things...at least "for profit" corporations. Google will do what's best for google, not what's best for society.
quote: Their interests and ours might coincide...hopefully they will often coincide, but it's not necessary for them to do what is "right" by their corporation or ownership.
quote: There's also this thing called property rights. Google is run by certain people. If they don't want to allow a certain kind of business, that's well within their rights.
quote: Same as one company can't tell another company to accept its business.
quote: As Google is still majority controlled by the founders of Google, they can largely do whatever they want. Granted this decision didn't necessarily come from them.
quote: And if you think that pornography doesn't change one's thinking about the opposite sex and sex in general in a negative way you are kidding yourself. I'm just as guilty as others in that sin at other parts of my life, but having walked away from it now, I see how much my viewpoint was changed.
quote: You start to see certain things as normal or expected and when you don't get them you wonder why. That leads to potential dissatisfaction with your spouse when you get married if they aren't doing the things you think of as normal and come to expect.
quote: Where are all the feminists on porn considering how much it degrades women into just being objects for the gratification of others?
quote: Yes God created us with a natural desire for sex. And sex is a beautiful thing inside the scope that God created it for. One to be enjoyed. But he also created us with this thing called self control. Which we are certainly capable of exercising.
quote: Actually you can with a public company like Google - if their actions conflict with the majority of their shareholders' sentiments their stock will plummet. Money speaks quite loudly in the world of business.
quote: They have to act within SEC guidelines and so they cannot do whatever they want. You trade flexibility for capital when you go public.
quote: bible humpers making the assumption that everyone is as weak-willed as they are.
quote: you've been guilted (by religion) into believing that "normal" means a monogamous relationship, and that desiring other women is abnormal. It's not. It's quite normal for a healthy guy to want to bone any good-looking young woman that crosses his path.
quote: Yet that doesn't undo anything I said. There's nothing in SEC guidelines that says anything about choosing not to be involved in certain kinds of business.
quote: Everyone is sinful. Whether they want to admit it or not. It doesn't matter how strong willed they are.
quote: And you have gone beyond the discussion. Every man out there inherently wants to sleep with any attractive looking woman he sees. You and I are no exception. That doesn't mean we should though. Or that its right to view women as just objects of sex. It's not a matter of "normal" its a matter of moral.
quote: And if you actually understood anything about Christianity, you'd know that a married couple is supposed to enjoy sex. That both are supposed to try and stay desirable to the other. That both are supposed to want to meet the others needs, within certain limits.
quote: If one or both fail to do so though, that doesn't give you the right to go outside the marriage because you're unhappy. You're supposed to talk with your spouse and work to rectify the problem.
quote: I'm not unhappy in marriage or sex life at all, quite the opposite. Just because I'm talking about the realities of life doesn't make it my reality. Me and my wife spoke at length about this before we were married. About what we each expected.
quote: Whether you want to admit it or not, pornography, and nearly any other thing you watch and listen to, does effect how you think. I'm not one who thinks violent movies, music, or video games drive people to kill others, but it certainly does affect your attitude. And without good parenting and/or a sense of accountability, then yes its possible that it can.
quote: Ha, I am lucky enough not to have any contact with my customers.