Google is Now Telling Me What I Can and Cannot Publish on This Website

This message came to my web guy yesterday.


This is a warning message to alert you that there is action required to bring your AdSense account into compliance with our AdSense program policies. We’ve provided additional details below, along with the actions to be taken on your part.

Affected website:

Example page where violation occurred: “Mildly NSFW Fun: The Dirtiest Album Covers Ever According to Rolling Stone.” [We’ve taken it down because we can’t afford to piss off AdSense again. If we’re honest, we need the money to keep this site running.]

Action required: Please make changes immediately to your site to follow AdSense program policies.

Current account status: Active

Violation explanation

Google ads may not be placed on pages with adult or mature content. This includes, but is not limited to, pages with images or videos containing:

  • Strategically covered nudity
  • Sheer or see-through clothing
  • Lewd or provocative poses
  • Close-ups of breasts, buttocks, or crotches

For more information about keeping your content family-safe, please review our program guidelines and these tips from the policy team.

Additionally, you can watch our short animated video & policy refreshers on this topic.

These were album covers, people!  Records/CDs that were on display in stores and online for years! And it was a link to a friggin’  Rolling Stone article! Here’s the link featuring the offending artwork, by the way. I wonder which of these album covers didn’t meet with Google’s moral codes?

This is what happens when you let machines make decisions and not humans.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “Google is Now Telling Me What I Can and Cannot Publish on This Website

  • Your last line covered it. Machines not humans. Having said that. imagine the delays, cost and process involved if a human had to make every decision. So it’s not all bad.


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