Evil Google Censorship Makes Me Want to Shoot Myself in the Foot

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Someone is the blogosphere is hopping mad about something Google did recently (no surprise there, eh). Seems that Google's decision to accomodate the Chinese Government's request to remove some material has the Blogger News Network so mad they are taking Google AdSense off their site until Google changes their policy on censorship.

In response to the decision of Google to gain access to the Chinese market by censoring its search content, Blogger News Network has reached the difficult decision to discontinue running Google's ads on our service. As a news organization with aspirations to earning public trust, BNN must act ethically in its financial dealings. Accepting money from a company which is putting profit above its ethical obligations to stakeholders would represent a lapse in that ethical stance.

Political debates aside I'm all for the power to the people grass roots things to mess with Google whenever possible. However since Google is giving away 60 to 78 percent of the earnings to you, seems like you are shooting yourself in the foot and waiting for someone else to drown in the pool of blood. Additionally if you want to get noticed reducing Google's income from Adsense by 0.000001% on a cumulative daily basis is going to take a while to build up and reach critical mass. Want to get noticed, pick a day any day, and go viral to build an "AdSense Free Day" (Hey they do it for smoking) at least you stand a chance of showing up on the Google financial radar screen. Heck even if some people only do it for one day and turn it back on you may get some traction out of it.

Second Point: If the irony of a blog site hosted on Google's own blogspot subdomain isn't a slap to the side of the head for why you always want to own the domain you blog on, I don't know what is.

Hat tip to Google Blogoscope

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I'm sure Google

I'm sure Google will now be forced to re-evaluate it's policy. After all, China is only Asia's biggest internet market with a billion potential customers, however, when weighed against a blogger hosted on blogspot taking down Adsense ... that's a tough one to decide. I'd hate to be in Google's position.

If the irony of a blog site

If the irony of a blog site hosted on Google's own blogspot subdomain isn't a slap to the side of the head for why you always want to own the domain you blog on, I don't know what is.

Really, taking a political stand is one thing - trying to act big and clever about disusing one part of a company's service, while utilising another, is plain pathetic.

Perhaps they will delete their blogger account to prove they mean business.

mountains/molehills

How much of a point they are making depends on how much Adsense was paying them ;)

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