What constitutes a Hub being taken down for adult content?
I recently noticed an exceptional writer here who wrote a gut wrenching and informative poem about bulimia and lo and behold HubPages took the article down claiming it was "adult content." There weren't any swear words or anything I considered offensive and yet, the powers to be felt it wasn't suitable. Has this happened to anyone else and if so, what is the recourse?
It's possible that the HubPages algorithm caught the Hub based on sex-related words. If it wasn't a human moderator then the author should contact HubPages about the matter. He or she must have received an email after the Hub was unpublished stating the possible reasons it was taken down.
Edit: I've just looked at the Hub in question and it must be the first picture that is causing the problem.
@Meich-i-zedek: There are no sexual references in the poem, Meich..
Ok, I will take this back. Don't contact the team. It's the first picture in my opinion.
YESS! They have -re-instituted the hub in it's entirety! I changed the pictures which were apparently 'pixilated', but the 'adult content' was not addressed in any way! Thanks to all - Special to Big D~
Thanks for the support PagesV...Hoping people rally and do what's right..this is censorship - over-zealous - and ridiculous. Especially when I have written hubs on mammograms, pap smears, cancer, bdsm, child molestation, and rape!
I don't understand it when we all see Hubs with spelling errors in the title and throughout the entire article, run on sentences and basically just a mishmash of words and they stay up, yet, one with a message comes down.
ImKarn, I think it's mainly overkill for the advertiser's sakes. They don't want them to get anything that might be controversial. Reset your advertising to none and I bet they have no more problems with it.
Happened to me Dennis on my first hub here. I had to remove any advertising links for them to republish it. I've seen it happen to a couple others as well.
This is an excellent question, PV.....and the answers may be somewhere in the Learning Center......or perhaps someone who has had this experience numerous times can explain in detail.
I don't understand it myself. I've not ever had anything taken down, but I know several Hubbers who have. My confusion comes from knowing the content of their hub that was removed..........and also seeing hubs that were SEVERELY guilty of "adult content," and yet allowed to remain published.
I don't know if these incidents were cases where some hubs "slip through the cracks" unnoticed while others are taken down.......or what, because it's a very unbalanced practice.
I wrote a Hub about abortion and whether it should be legal or illegal. And it was taken down for adult content.
My wife mentioned that a hub she had written some months back and the hub was doing well in terms of page views too was taken down on account of having adult content. The hub was on reusing the fired air gun pellets for making a statue.
I agree with most the views posted here so far. It is ridiculous and there should be some clear policies. Thanks a lot for highlighting such an interesting issue.
There are clear policies. Go to the Learning Center and you'll find a whole section, including several Hubs, explaining everything in detail. Hubs about ammunition are prohibited by Adsense.
Dear Marisa Wright, I found the problems now. It was not the ammunition issue that caused the problem but the ebay module which posted some items like "Nude African Statues" evoked by the key word "statue". The hub was not on gun but on used pellets
Was it definitely due to "adult content"? Usually the notification is more general, saying that the Hub contains references to or images of a variety of "prohibited" topics. This Hub gives a full overview.
http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/Mode … ol-Content
It's quite likely the image that caused the problem - you could try removing the image and resubmitting.
HubPages uses Adsense as a major source of income, and Adsense has very strict (and stupid) rules on what may be shown on pages where Adsense ads appear. This means that serious - even academic - articles about sex, or anti drugs or alcohol, are just as "prohibited" as porn. We all agree Adsense's rules aren't fair, but flouting them won't change them - and the result could bethat HubPages loses its right to use Adsense which would destroy income for all of us.
If you don't want to adhere to Adsense rules, that's your privilege - but you need to write somewhere else that doesn't use Adsense, or on your own blog, so you don't jeopardize things for other people.
You will see some Hubs which break the rules still published, while others are caught in the net - but that's just because HubPages is a huge site and the moderators aren't able to keep up with the volume, not because HubPages is being selective.
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