Well, Google did, and not surprisingly the same action resulted in the same result! Surprise, surprise!
An accompanying picture, from the free provider Pixabay, showed someone viewing an image where nothing was exposed. If that picture was objectionable, then I am Barack Obama.
This is not the first time that Google has acted in this manner. Back in July 2016, Google issued a similar notice about an article that was published the same year, regarding an adult shop that was using mobile technology. No links to any porn sites or adult sites or anything of the kind. No links of any kind in fact! On that occasion, the search behemoth backed down.
iTWire editor Stan Beer said: "We have always used Doubleclick For Publishers – which Google purchased many years ago and recently renamed Google Adserver. I load our ads on that server and they are loaded based on the parameters I set. Most publishers like us would use Google Adserver to serve their ads."
So, Google is blacklisting a publisher who is not even using that service. Chalk up another win for Google.
Beer said use of the ad server was free. "A lot of small publishers just serve 100% Google Ads – that's how it's funded. Google rips them off big-time. They pay them a minuscule portion of the funds that the ads generate. You will note that the page of your 'offending' story is still running all of our ads. So a pox on them."
As far as its official reaction went, a Google spokesperson said: "We have strict policies prohibiting the placement of ads on pages with adult or mature content.
"We don’t comment publicly on policy violations or enforcement actions for individual sites, but regularly review sites and content on their domains to ensure compliance.”
It's not surprising that the company is so secretive – after all, it was funds from the CIA's investment arm In-Q-Tel that paid for Google co-founder Sergey Brin to carry out the research that helped to set up the company.
That kind of culture tends to grow on you. All the talk of transparency and openness is for the birds.