Google Bands Weapon-Related Listings From Google Shopping

Now I'm not a lover of guns and honestly I hear about gun violence way to often to feel sympathetic to gun owners who have one less avenue to purchase guns.

Now I'm sure I'll get a lot of hate for that last statement, but people use guns way too often to hurt others. I'm not saying that every gun owner, or even the majority of gun owners are evil people. What I'm saying is that there needs to be better precautions in place to prevent gun violence.

Now on to Google. Google is a private company. Many are saying that this latest move goes against the second amendment of the US constitution, that gives citizens to keep and bear arms. But Google isn't removing weapon-related listings from Google Search, just from the shopping channel. I don't see this as an issue.

+Matt McGee of +Search Engine Land states:

"Mentioned in some of the discussion about Google’s ban on weapons in Shopping Search is the fact that the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives citizens the right to “keep and bear arms,” and that this new policy appears to be an attack on a basic right. (Though it should also be noted that Google bans vehicles from being listed in Shopping Search, too, and that doesn’t seem to be an attack on anyone’s right to own a car.)

What has some up in arms is a four-point set of “policy principles” that Google included in its letter to weapon-related merchants and, more specifically, the fourth point on that list, which reads as follows:

4) Google Shopping should be compatible with Google’s brand decisions.
Google Shopping must be compatible with company brand decisions. Our company has a strong culture and values, and we’ve chosen not to allow ads that promote products and services that are incompatible with these values. In addition, like all companies, Google sometimes makes decisions based on technical limitations, resource constraints, or requirements from our business partners. Our policies reflect these realities."

In the end, Google will make decisions that fit with their policies and values. We as consumers need to be aware of these and deal with them accordingly.

What do you think of this move?

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Google Bans Weapon-Related Listings From Google Shopping
Google has begun notifying merchants that it won’t allow them to continue to listing weapons-related items for sale in Google Shopping. Searches in Google Shopping for things like “pistol grip shotgun…

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