Have you guys run across this little post at antiwar.com?
– because we have a page showing the Abu Ghraib abuses.
Update: After channels of communication were opened as a result of this article on Gawker, Google contacted us and said they would be restoring our ads.
However, Friday morning I received another demand to remove content from our site. Google has decided this page must be removed.
We have no intention of letting Google dictate our editorial policies.
On 3/18/15 we received a note from Google Adsense informing us that all ads for our site had been disabled. Why? Because of this page showing the horrific abuses committed by U.S. troops in Iraq at Abu Ghraib.
This page has been up for 11 years. During all that time Google Adsense has been running ads on our site – but as Washington gets ready to re-invade Iraq, and in bombing, killing, and abusing more civilians, they suddenly decide that their “anti-violence” policy, which prohibits “disturbing material,” prohibits any depiction of violence committed by the U.S. government and paid for with your tax dollars. This page is the third-most-visited page in our history, getting over 2 million page views since it was posted.
To say this is an utter outrage would be an understatement: it is quite simply the kind of situation one might expect to encounter in an authoritarian country where state-owned or state-connected companies routinely censor material that displeases the government.
Is Google now an arm of the U.S. State Department?