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The Google Marketplace. Communism reaches America's Advertising on Google

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The bias toward large corporate advertisers and is evident throughout Google's Ad Policies. This platform does the opposite of what Google's founders promised the world upon its conception. Consumers pay ultimately by loosing buying options and the quality that comes from competition in a free market society. The Google "content police" decide subjectively what industries, what sellers qualify: Without any legal basis for limitations other than their "Seller Policy Guidelines". 

 

You might say say that Google, a private company is acting within its rights. Well sure it is, but is it also acting in the best interests of their readers? Most certainly the answer is NO!

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The Google Marketplace. Communism reaches America's Advertising on Google

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Hi there,

 

Those are very general statements. Do you have a specific example of what is bothering you?

 

When Google excludes an entire industry, then that affects corporations and small businesses equally.

 

When a seller fails to qualify, it is usually due to reasonable policy like having contact details and a secure checkout...

 

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The herbal products industry has been forced to comply with censorship and banned items regulations that do not have a legal basis covering this entire industry. Legitimate options to pharmaceuticals are being removed as a whole because some have contained undisclosed ingredients. Has Google ever looking into what synthetic imported remedies contain? If they had they would find undisclosed ingredients there as well. My point is that banning herbal products limits consumer choices on their healthcare options. How is Google qualified to be the arbiter of what free people are allowed to buy.

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Google's priority is user experience (the searcher's experience) and also making sure they do not get sued. Like any non-utility business, Google can choose who they do and don't do business with. Obviously there are risks involved with letting any health-related ads run, so Google takes a close look at them.

 

While your business might be safe and genuine, the people who are checking your site are not industry experts and will use certain criteria to make judgements - which you and I don't know.

 

Bad actors will the reason why industries get excluded from AdWords (locksmiths and remote tech support and well-known examples), and that means that legit businesses can lose out. 

 

Keep in mind that herbal products have had difficulties in some countries at a government level as well.