Sorry climate-change deniers, no more Google ads for you!

Originally published at: Sorry climate-change deniers, no more Google ads for you! | Boing Boing

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This may have the effect of encouraging viewers to seek out climate-change denial videos as they’ll show fewer ads.

Why not show the ads but just demonetize?

Google, one right does not erase the billions of wrongs you still do everyday.

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In recent years, we’ve heard directly from a growing number of our advertising and publisher partners who have expressed concerns about ads that run alongside or promote inaccurate claims about climate change. Advertisers simply don’t want their ads to appear next to this content. And publishers and creators don’t want ads promoting these claims to appear on their pages or videos.

So they’re not doing it because it’s the right thing to do, they’re only doing it because Gain and Febreeze and Credit Karma don’t want their products to be anywhere near it.

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In all the chatter following the Facebook hearings, I still haven’t seen people stepping back to examine the good old elephant in the room. Let’s grant the (unlikely) notion that Google is taking these steps to reduce the societal damage done by climate deniers on their platform.

The fact that they even have the power to make such decisions about things affecting the future of all humanity is monstrous. Google, Facebook, and their related products exercise a power of life or death that rivals, even exceeds, that of governments. Their business model is to maximize profits from their content while minimizing not harmful content but pushback against harmful content. They’ll cede just enough ground to soothe critics while leaving the larger system in place. Instead of removing “inaccurate claims” they’ll simply prevent the embarrassment to their big advertisers of having their ads appear alongside the lies. There–all fixed!

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Motivated by commerce, not conscience, Google bans ads for climate change consensus contradictors

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This cannot be said enough.

They’re not doing the right thing. They’re following the path of greatest economic return regardless of any sense of morality or consequences other than what brings in the greatest $$$.

If their market research showed that supporting climate change denialism made them money, they’d double down on it.

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Sorry climate-change deniers, no more Google ads for you!

I assume that includes Exxon?

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That’s that stable door well and truly bolted shut.

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Way to ban matches now that the house is on fire.

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This is more like banning matches after they have sold all their stocks.

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30 days to take effect. Even if the world will burn in 15.

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What about campaign ads from climate change-denying politicians? Methinks exceptions will be made.

What about selling cloud services to companies in the fossil fuel industry?

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