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I was shocked to receive a notification of a violation of Google Adsense policy. It seems I have Violent Content Gore.
This is on a hub on PRP Therapy vs. TPLO surgery for dogs. The violation is not specific, but I am guessing the video of TPLO surgery is the offending item. I have a choice to ask them to reconsider, or just remove it and ask them to reinstate adsense on this article. I don't know how much the video adds to the article. Also, If they deny my request to reconsider it, will that make more problems for me or perhaps I can't request that they reinstate it after it has been denied once.
Your advise/experience in this matter is appreciated.
Graphic surgery videos do violate the AdSense violence/gore policy (we have had positive communication from them about this issue). Videos and photos of that nature are not permitted to be shown on content with AdSense ads. Unfortunately, this does include educational medical content that is graphic.
Don't mess with Google! Dump the video and any others like it you may have on other articles. You can always point people towards YouTube if they want to see them for themselves. Adsense clearly stated about a year ago AND had all writers agree to not placing content on the web that is not child friendly. I assume you signed that. If not, you had better do so asap and then make sure not to do this again.
I got one too and I too think it's because of a surgical procedure on one of my hubs! Got an email from Google. So odd, because since when is a video on a surgical procedure considered violent? and gore definition is "blood that has been shed, especially as a result of violence."
I mean I can see somebody be squeamish about it, but I had even put a "viewer discretion" alert on it. However, the preview photo shot showed a part of the procedure which might have been a bit "icky" to the faint of heart not wanting to see such detail. Another odd thing is that hub was published since 2008 and had the video since then! I wonder if it's a new policy.
I revised it a bit and removed the video. After all, not all readers may be interested in it. I mean I am, because I like to know in advance what will be done once my dog is on the surgical table and have worked for veterinary surgeons so these were common sights to me, but not everybody may want to know these details, especially the squeamish out there, and I can understand that.
However, it's a bit odd for it to be considered a violation especially since some surgery videos on youtube have ads! I contacted Hubpages team and was told I had the choice to remove it and they will get it reviewed again once removed.
You might want to contact hubpages for specific details on whether this can be problematic or not, I am curious about this too.
Gosh that's scarey. I would be inclined to accept the judgment and remove the video. Adsense has a reputation for being unreasonable so I wouldn't bank on being able to debate with them. They are "shoot first, ask questions later" kind of people.
Well, I took y'all's advice, and removed the content, and requested a review. So, I hope to hear back from them in a week.
I too had a viewer discretion warning on the video. And like you Alexadry, I like to know what the surgery entails. It might be something to cause me to exhaust all nonsurgical option before resorting to TPLO surgery.
It seems like there has been a shift on this recently, now anything with visible blood and tissue is gore regardless of the reason or intent of the image.
Whenever you receive any kind of warning from adsense, no matter what it is, it's always best to immediately demonetize the article. Google will be returning any earnings it makes back to the advertisers anyway so it's best not to earn with it at this point anyway.
After you've done that then you can take however long it takes to figure out the proper course of action but priority #1 - protect your adsense account and protect advertisers from dislaying their adds on articles that do not meet terms of service or are under review.
In your case the video is probably too graphic is sounds like. Perhaps a different video from youtube or vimeo might work? I would not turn adsense back on until the article has been approved again just to be safe.
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