Google Shopping Censors anything weapon or ammo!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hunter29180, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. hunter29180

    hunter29180 Well-Known Member

    Just found this out!! so far it just on Google Shopping not the general search engine! This notice was was sent to a online retailer!

    Dear Merchant,

    We're writing to let you know about some upcoming changes to the product listings you submit to Google. As we recently announced, we are starting to transition our shopping experience to a commercial model that builds on Product Listing Ads. This new shopping experience is called Google Shopping. As part of this transition, we'll begin to enforce a set of new policies for Google Shopping in the coming weeks. A new list of the allowed, restricted, and prohibited products on Google Shopping is available on our new policy page -

    Based on a review of the products you're currently submitting, it appears that some of the content in your Merchant Center account, HamLund Tactical, will be affected by these policy changes. In particular we found that your products may violate the following policies:


    When we make this change, Google will disapprove all of the products identified as being in violation of policies. We ask that you make any necessary changes to your feeds and/or site to comply, so that your products can continue to appear on Google Shopping.

    To help you through this new set of policies and how to comply with them, we would like to give you some specific suggestions regarding the changes needed to keep your offers running on Google Shopping.


    As highlighted on our new policy page, in order to comply with the Google Shopping policies you need to comply first with the AdWords policies We do not allow the promotion or sale of weapons and any related products such as ammunitions or accessory kits on Google Shopping. In order to comply with our new policies, please remove any weapon-related products from your data feed and then re-submit your feed in the Merchant Center. For more information on this policy please visit

    We're constantly reviewing our policies, and updating them when necessary, to ensure we're offering the best experience possible to our users. We've identified a set of policy principles to govern our policy efforts on Google Shopping in the U.S. These principles are:

    1) Google Shopping should provide a positive experience to users. Showing users the right products at the right time can truly enhance a user's experience. When people trust us to deliver them to a destination that's relevant, original, and easy to navigate this creates a positive online experience to the benefit of both users and merchants.

    2 ) Google Shopping should be safe for all users. User safety is everyone's business, and we can't do business with those who don't agree. Scams, phishing, viruses, and other malicious activities on the Internet damage the value of the Internet for everyone. Trying to get around policies or "game the system" is unfair to our users, and we can't allow that.

    3) Google Shopping should comply with local laws and regulations. Many products and services are regulated by law, which can vary from country to country. All advertising, as well as the products and services being advertised, must clearly comply with all applicable laws and regulations. For the most part, our policies aren't designed to describe every law in every country. All advertisers bear their own responsibility for understanding the laws applicable to their business. Our policies are often more restrictive than the law, because we need to be sure we can offer services that are legal and safe for all users.

    4) Google Shopping should be compatible with Google's brand decisions. Google Shopping must be compatible with company brand decisions. Our company has a strong culture and values, and we've chosen not to allow ads that promote products and services that are incompatible with these values. In addition, like all companies, Google sometimes makes decisions based on technical limitations, resource constraints, or requirements from our business partners. Our policies reflect these realities.

    We've given much thought to our stance on this content, as well as the potential effect our policy decision could have on our Merchants, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.


    The Google Shopping Team

    © 2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043 You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Merchant Center account.
  2. hstout1143

    hstout1143 Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    I just checked Bing and their shopping tab allows it. That sucks because I hate Bing, but I'll start using it now.

  3. mogunner

    mogunner Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2011
    Eastern Missouri
    Never heard of Google shopping, or Bing either. Never had any problems finding what I was looking for.
  4. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    google will sell out dissidents freedom fighters and those opposed to repressive government and then brag how they tried to protect them while helping design a better way to catch them

    all hail Google informer to despots
  5. raven818

    raven818 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Jax, Fl.
    The law states ( which apparently means nothing ), that we as citizens, have a reasonable right to privacy if we are in a place where privacy would be normally be expected.

    How is it that google can take a picture of me in my fenced back-yard, and publish on the net?

    I think the Chinese have the right idea concerning google.
  6. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper Active Member

    Jun 4, 2012
    I use yahoo. no porn, but can get weapons and ammo. for now at least
  7. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    bing seems to be everywhere. used to like google.. but after hearing this will try to not use them...
  8. Brass Tacks

    Brass Tacks New Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    NW Arkansas

    nor have I
  9. geds

    geds New Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    The photo they take is from the street so would not show you in your back yard. The satellite imagery they purchase from GeoEye and Digital Globe were taken at low enough resolution that a person can not be seen as anything more than a blurr or dot, if at all.

    Therefore, they can do so without having to have permission as no one can be identified from the photo.
  10. bobski

    bobski Former Guest

    Jan 16, 2005
    va., conn., & mo.
    its been documented that thieves use google maps to pinpoint big homes along highways to rob them, and study the neighborhood photos to plan escape and evasion routes from cops.
  11. geds

    geds New Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    It is also been documented that LEOs and fire and rescue personnel use google maps to protect and serve the public living in those same houses.
  12. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    I use Google Chrome as it is much faster than IE.
    A few months ago I was on Midway's web site and noticed they no longer listed ammunition in their "Departments". I did a search for a particular brand of ammo and came up with a bunch of related items, but no ammo.

    I called Midway and asked them when they stopped selling ammo and why. She informed me that nothing had changed and they most certainly will continue to sell ammo.

    She said she would check into the problem and get back to me. A few days later I received an email from Midway explaining the problem was with Google. Apparently some how Google Chrome had blocked the Ammunition dept on their web page. A few days later it returned.

    BTW, the Ammunition dept was always available through IE.
  13. agedhunter

    agedhunter Active Member

    Feb 22, 2012
    northern mn
    I just emailed a link to some friends to spread the word.
    I did try a search on google shopping and the word Ruger brought no results found.
    I guess they are another anti gun site.
  14. Appliancedude

    Appliancedude Well-Known Member

    Try firefox. They're faster than IE and so far have not infringed on my rights. (at least that I know of)
  15. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Somebody is trying to blow some smoke . . . . .

    I just did a Google search for Ruger on Firefox and got 4,270,000 in 0.24 seconds

    I also did a Google search for Ruger on Google Chrome and came up with the same 4,270,000 in 0.18 seconds.
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