Has anyone else had ads disabled recently for pictures of breastfeeding?

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  1. Sue Bailey profile image81
    Sue Baileyposted 5 years ago

    Has anyone else had ads disabled recently for pictures of breastfeeding?

    Really annoyed. This was one of my highest earning hubs and has been published for 4 years. I moved a few things around on it the other day and now ads are disabled. I have asked for a reconsideration but am told that the content is too sensitive due to images of bare breasts for ads to appear.  Those breasts have a baby attached to them! They have never been a problem before. I note there are many other published hubs with similar pictures which still have ads enabled.

  2. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
    Paul Edmondsonposted 5 years ago

    https://support.google.com/adsense/bin/ … 7&rd=1 Shows AdSense policies on content.  I personally don't have an issue with babies and breasts and would consider this family friendly content.  I'm pretty sure Google's view is a bit more reserved.  However, I sent the Hub to a rep at Google to get something official on it.  If they bless it, I'll flip ads back and modify how we decide if ads should be on or off.  Thanks for asking the question.

    1. Sue Bailey profile image81
      Sue Baileyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for that Paul. One of my main gripes is that if my ads are disabled then in the interest of fairness, so should all the others  that display images of breastfeeding - and there are a lot. I look forward to hearing the outcome.

    2. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
      Paul Edmondsonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The official answer from Adsense is the content is fine, but the images are too graphic.  If you removed the images or put only images where you can't see the nipple I bet it would be fine.

    3. Sue Bailey profile image81
      Sue Baileyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thankfully my ads have been restored but the hub has dropped 10 places from the top spot. Great!

  3. junkseller profile image83
    junksellerposted 5 years ago

    We live in a bizarre world. Human adults can somehow be unable to cope with a breastfeeding mother and baby, but seem to have no problem being inundated with half-naked girls, who look like they are 15, in suggestive poses, selling them toothpaste.

    People talk about family friendly but what they are really talking about is advertiser friendly. Your article, which is very good by the way, is the very definition of family friendly. Yet here we are quibbling over ads because everyone is so terrified of offending a handful of ridiculous prudes.

    This isn't a complaint against Hubpages. It's a difficult line they have to toe. I get that, but Google? Good grief, why can't they just say, "boobs happen, deal with it." If people out there are truly offended by certain content, then let THEM manage the internet stream on their end rather than have everyone else try and twist through a labyrinth of secret rules.

    1. Sue Bailey profile image81
      Sue Baileyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks I agree with you.

  4. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 years ago

    I actually just removed a hub about Breast Cancer because I was told Google Ads would be discontinued.  I know it was because of the word "breast".  This isn't the first time something like this has happened, but Google is very strict about using certain words and images.  And whether you like it or not, there are many people who find photos of breast feeding offensive.

    Since Google is a business, they know it is not a good idea to offend anybody, thus their bans on anything that might be considered offensive, even when it is something one normally would not consider to be so.

    C'est la vie!

    1. Sue Bailey profile image81
      Sue Baileyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I can't see how the word breast in the context of breastfeeding or breast cancer could offend. I wonder if the word mammary offends in the same way? Maybe you could rehash your article to read mammary cancer rather than breast cancer?

    2. junkseller profile image83
      junksellerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      How about those-things-between-the-arms-which-shall-not-be-mentioned-seen-or-talked-about cancer?

    3. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It isn't the context, it is the use of the word breast.  I had to delete a hub about paying off credit cards, too...Google didn't like it because it could have been seen as spam.  It became too burdensome to deal with, so I terminated a good article.

  5. canadu profile image60
    canaduposted 5 years ago

    I've been surprised to see topless women in blogs with Adsense on them. Some were in French and I think Google takes a lighter stance on more European readers. But recently I've seen pics of FEMEN protests with Adsense. If you were writting a Blogspot blog, though Google could just close your account. At least Hubpages is a good mediator between them and us.

    1. Sue Bailey profile image81
      Sue Baileyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That is true. I am a little annoyed though that there are many hubs which are still running ads and contain the exact same images as I used (stock photos).

  6. profile image48
    jellohelloposted 5 years ago

    That is really ridiculous! Is there not some sort of appeal process?

    1. Sue Bailey profile image81
      Sue Baileyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I  did appeal to HP and was told that Google did not like images of bare breasts. I have now reluctantly taken off the good illustrative images of mothers breastfeeding their babies and replaced them with less 'graphic' ones. The ads reappeared immed

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