Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Google bans Holocaust stories as dangerous, derogatory

Google AdWords bans Holocaust stories as “dangerous, derogatory”

The founder of a New Zealand Holocaust exhibition, Perry Trotter, is condemning the application of Google’s policies in the wake of a ruling relating to its AdWords facility.

Recently, Google disallowed all of Shadows of Shoah’s Adwords ads. Google advised the trust that the ads had been banned for ‘dangerous or derogatory content’.

“At first I assumed it was simply a case of a Google algorithm misinterpreting our content”, said Trotter.

Trotter spoke to an AdWords agent who referred him to Google’s Terms and Conditions which state that the search giant bans:

Content that incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.

“I explained that Shadows of Shoah breaches none of those terms and that its work is intended to oppose discrimination and hatred - the very things Google believes we violate. Google disagreed”.

“Over the next two weeks I spoke to two other Google agents, hoping to convince them that Google had misunderstood our work. I even sent Google detailed documentation of our good standing with NZ Charities Commission and referred them to our website. But their position remained the same,” said Trotter.

Having been told that he had no further recourse, Trotter had a final conversation with Google in which he was advised that the Trust could not use the words “antisemitism” or “Holocaust” in AdWords.

“I explained that our charity was set up to deal specifically with those very issues and to not allow us to do so is itself discriminatory”.

“But our efforts to commemorate the Holocaust and to fight bigotry and antisemitism remain, in Google’s view, dangerous or derogatory. “

Trotter says that the ban sets a very worrying precedent and is particularly difficult to understand given some of the content considered permissible by Google.

“If ‘antisemitism’ and ‘Holocaust’ are now deemed dangerous or derogatory terms, what will be next?“, he said.

Trotter is calling on Google to recognise the indefensibility of their decision and amend it to allow groups such as Shadows of Shoah to promote their positive work.

Shadows of Shoah is a small registered charitable trust dedicated to Holocaust and antisemitism education. Its first exhibition was officially launched by then Prime Minister John Key in 2013. The exhibitions have been staged in museums, galleries, campuses and public spaces throughout New Zealand, and in Australia, and the stories can also be viewed online.

View a short explanatory video:


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>


Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>


Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>


Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels