Google Clears “Abortion” As An AdWord

Google settled a suit in the UK around the issue of whether or not religious groups can buy the keyword "abortion." Long story short: They now can (via NYT). Expect a lot more of this kind of thing going forward. Google has the responsibility of being an arbiter of…

Google settled a suit in the UK around the issue of whether or not religious groups can buy the keyword “abortion.” Long story short: They now can (via NYT).

Expect a lot more of this kind of thing going forward. Google has the responsibility of being an arbiter of who can declare what online, and that responsibility will only increase.

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

2 thoughts on “Google Clears “Abortion” As An AdWord”

  1. What seems strange here that it appears that when Google allows an ad to run some people seem to think that that fact is newsworthy — I find that almost as exciting as when I found out the reason why the chickens crossed the road.

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