Hey, Google — Don’t Be Evil!
Kevin Carson | March 19th, 2015
The website Antiwar.com (whose name is self-explanatory) announced March 18 that Google Adsense had suspended its account — a major source of the revenue it needs to stay online — for publishing new photos of torture and abuse from the Abu Ghraib military prison in Iraq (Eric Garris, “Google Disables All Ads on Antiwar.com,” March 18). Google provided no explanation beyond the allegation that the pictures violated its policies against “violence” and “disturbing images.”
Conspicuously absent from the company’s notice was any indication of whether the takedown was at the behest of any third party (in Garris’s words, “Is Google now an arm of the U.S. State Department?”). But it would hardly be surprising, given Google’s history of compliance with censorship demands by repressive regimes around the world, and the craven way that online payment and crowdfunding services colluded with the U.S. government in suppressing Wikileaks. ...