Google has banned gun sales from its new shopping platform, a move drawing fire from hunters and weapons enthusiasts but praised by gun control activists.
Google made the change May 31 when it transformed its “product search,” which had consisted of free listings, into “Google Shopping,” which has paid listings and is governed by the tech giant’s advertising policies.
In its shopping service, Google “doesn’t allow the promotion of weapons or devices designed to cause serious harm or injury,” the website said, describing its advertising policies.
The ban includes “guns, gun parts or hardware, ammunition, bombs, knives, throwing stars, and brass knuckles,” it said.
Even though the policy was announced more than a month ago, it drew notice only in recent days after it was pointed out by a blog called Outdoor Hub, dedicated to “outdoor enthusiasts.”
Blog contributor Edward Pierz said Google “censors” firearm searches, and linked to a petition to “Tell Google not to interfere with our 2nd amendment rights,” a reference to the constitutional right to bear arms.
Shouldn’t this be every fucking conservatives dream? A large business choosing what products they would like to have on their “shelves”
^^ If Google had chosen not to sell sex toys and condoms, conservatives would be throwing them a god damn parade.