Google Shopping Now Censoring Weapon and Ammo Results

Sunday, July 1, 2012
By Paul Martin

Americafirstsite.com

Google has “updated” their Terms of Use and are purging weapons and ammunition from their listings. I hope the invisible hand of the free market will reach out and give Google Shopping a big slap in the face with customers abandoning them for their anti-gun policy. This event shows the danger of having mega companies like Google controlling large portions of any market. For now, there’s still Amazon and other big sites for ammo and gun sales. Check out this email that the guys at 68forums posted:

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 – http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/ApI7UWRj6OCZpd.

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:

Weapons

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.

Weapons
As highlighted on our new policy page

The Rest…HERE

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