On Monday I was dinged for an article about The Siege of Sidney Street that the HP team could find nothing wrong with. Today, the big G's algorithm is at it again, flagging an article about a woman who was a spy for the Union working behind Confederate lines during the Civil War
I expect they are going through everything I've ever written in the genres of crime, warfare, race relations, and corporate malfeasance and flagging them. I suspect even my article about the Care and Feeding of Rutabagas, for which I received a HubPages T-shirt and a water bottle, might be in danger. From now on I'm focusing on writing about Teddy bears, butterflies, and tuberous begonias.
I'm sure you'll pass through the fire unharmed. That's the horror of 'political correctness' though, and why it has to go for decency to remain.
Thanks Wesman but I'm not so confident. In the Civil War piece there is an image of a battlefield with bodies. That might be enough for the delicate snowflakes of advertisers to blow fuses.
I wrote a thing about what a horrific and murderous person Winnie Mandela was. My article was nearly 7 years old when Google decided it was in violation of their TOS for Adsense.
All I could figure the problem was - was a video I included. It was an actual necklacing video. Which, of course, I understand is a terrible thing to see. The kicker, however, was the video was on Youtube, a Google owned website.
Seemed pretty contradictory to me - but such is political correctness.
I saw someone last month say we aren't here to make money, but to be writers. I'm here for both, I guess. But I'm not doing it if I can't make money. Being a writer is being an educator, and this is especially true in your case, with your great historical pages.
I think before too long has passed Google with either have to change (the world is moving away from that horrible pc direction) - or become less powerful.
I don't see what snowflakes has to do with it. People trying to sell shit want happy people ready to spend money. That's free market capitalism in action.
I'm feeling you Rupert and Wesman. I'm still a little bummed that my article on suicide got dinged. It's such an important subject, in the news like once or twice a week now. In the past 2 weeks alone, a Navy admiral in Afghanistan, a 9 year old girl who was bullied, and a Fox2 meteorologist w/kids and husband, all died by suicide. Families and friends need the information and I'm a "side-hustle" writer who appreciates getting paid for providing the info. Anyhey, rant over, it's the nature of the business, as psycheskinner points out.
Rupert, Google is just covering their tush in case the government asks what they've done to prevent social mayhem. It's all bots, smoke and nothing more. Yet, we have that pubic hair article and others getting tons of promotion on our pages. Life on the Internet never ceases to amaze me. BTW: You articles sound fascinating.
The Big G has approved the Sidney Street Siege article but continues to shoot down the other one.
Is it possible you mentioned rape somewhere in the article? I remember years ago that even a single mention of rape, anywhere in a thing, would put a thing into adsense violation.
It's the word itself. I think 'sexual assault' would probably work. Rape doesn't work at all. At least this is what I remember from years ago.
There was no mention of the R-word, but I think I know what the issue is with the Sarah Edmunds story.
I included an image of dead bodies on a battlefield that might have upset the delicate sensibilities of their algorithm so I replaced it with something innocuous. The change may have been too late for the review.
Yes Natalie. The most vile vegetable ever forced on humanity.
I've heard that. Hitler's favorite from what they say
Noooo.... you just haven't treated it right
I've haven't had swedes (as they're called in Britain) for a long time, but I have to say that when my mother prepared them they were one of my favourite vegetables. I loved mashed swedes with butter.
Good luck with getting your article approved, Rupert.
Do violations in the policy centre disappear after a period? I'm not sure whether mine vanished because I read it and they marked it as read and it was cleared, or they re-assessed the article manually and decided it wasn't violating after all (Support said bots could have automatically flagged it).
Interesting. I've never had a rutabaga in my life. At least not that I know of. I went grocery shopping with the mom a few years back, and I saw some in a can. I mentioned them to my mother, and asked about them, as I've no memory of having ever had any of that.
Oh the face she made! Well, my mom's tastes don't match mine exactly. I wonder just what I've been missing out on.
I thought Brussels sprouts were the most vile vegetable forced on humanity
No. Sprouts are wonderful. Rutabagas, as I pointed out here,
https://owlcation.com/stem/The-Care-and … -Rutabagas
are an abomination.
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