Questioning Google on free speech

August 19, 2004

Reports that Google have banned an anti gay marriage advertisement on Adsense for this site from a Christian group on the bizarre grounds that it promotes hate. Bizarre you may well ask? or am I defending their view point?
I?ɬ¢?¢‚Äö¬¨?¢‚Äû¬¢m not arguing one way or another on the content but Google search is a service which provides links to anti-semetic websites when you type in the word “jew”. The core issues is that you defend freedom of speech, or you don’t, but when you say you don’t allow “hate” sites, don’t allow them across the board. It is unjust that Google now plays god in deciding that one is somehow worse than the other, even more so given Googles previous howls of freedom of speech.
Holes are appearing in the once mighty Google facade everyday, and it runs the risk of becoming a victim of its own phenomenal growth. Bill Gates must be rubbing his hands with glee.