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Weapons Policy

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Hi

 

After reading the policy carefully. Throwing stars are not allowed (they are illegal in the UK) however throwing knives are very different, the policy does not mention them and they are UK legal and more of a sport then a weapon.

 

I have advertised throwing knives for over 3 years without a problem. Also there are many other advertisers such as amazon, ebay, knife-depot who are still allowed to advertise with adwords.

 

Is there just confusion between the policy specialist or is it a banned category?

 

I has similiar problems with bb guns and airsoft guns. The specialist get very confused between the two Airsoft is fine, bb guns is not) but evry couple of months someone flags it up as unacceptable weapons and I have to explain it all over again losing many sale in the process.

 

I would just like to know are throwing knives ok?

 

Many thanks

Joe

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Re: Weapons Policy

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Hi Joe,

 

Unfortunately, most of us here are in the same boat as you.  Interpreting policies is something we can try, however, the policy makers and enforcement teams are really the ones who need to provide this answer. 

 

I run searches here in the US and see ads for throwing knives...not sure what that means for the UK.  I do know that knives in particular are tricky, some are weapons and some are used in the Kitchen. 

 

If you've contacted Google directly already, I'm afraid there isn't much we can offer here other than our opinions.

 

-Tom

Tommy Sands, AdWords Top Contributor | Community Profile | Twitter | Philly Marketing Labs
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Re: Weapons Policy

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Hello Joe;

 

This is interesting, since throwing knives are not allowed anywhere...The policy is quite clear on that!

Indeed, Tom is correct, I got an ad for throwing knives at "knife depot"

 

I am referring the case to a Policy specialist at Google.

Moshe, AdWords Top Contributor , Twitter | Linkedin | Community Profile | Ad-Globe
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Re: Weapons Policy

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Hi Joe,

 

I believe that Moshe is correct and that throwing knives are not allowed.  As far as I can tell, the only knives for which we allow ads are kitchen knives.  I've asked our Policy team to clarify this for me and will forward along the response if I hear back.  It may be a while, because a lot of people are going to be on vacation next week. 

 

If you see ads for knives from other advertisers, it is probably because we haven't caught them yet.  Feel free to report them using the form you can find on the help center.  I hope you can find it, anyway; I'm not having much luck digging it up at the moment.

 

As an aside, I'm also talking to the policy team about having more of a presence here on the forums.  I sometimes cause confusion because I don't know the policies as well as they do.  But I try to provide added value (or entertainment) by being... blunt when necessary. :-)

 

Laura

AdWords review system engineer

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Hi All

 

Thanks for the replies. The policy on knives gives examples of banned knives but says it is not limited to, I wish they could be specific about the policies as each specialist appears to have a different view as you can interpret policy as you wish when it is so blurry.

 

I can see fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, survival, bushcraft knives everywhere which should all be fine as should throwing knives, being used for legitimate purposes. You can't ban every knife in the world or I will have a job eating my dinner tonight.

I dont think it is limited to kitchen knives only, only illegal knives should be banned.

 

I wonder if there is a specific policy or if no one really knows the detail?

 

Thansk for your feedback

 

Joe