Google bans weapons from Google Merchant shopping listings

Google bans weapons from Google Merchant shopping listings
Last updated: Wednesday July 04th 2012
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Google Shopping No Longer Shows Weapons In Results

The company has notified sellers that it has updated its policy on what results will be displayed inGoogleShopping.

Our Company has a strong culture and values, and weve chosen not to allow ads that promote products and services that are incompatible with these values, wrote Google.
Weapons and weapon accessories (including things like hunting rifles and ammunition) no longer show up in Google Shopping results, reported OutdoorHub.
US firearms enthusiasts have already asking Google to reconsider and citing rights under the Second Amendment.
The petitions organisers claim This has started to severely affect many people’s ability to find good prices on things ranging from knives to swords to hunting rifles and ammo, to axes. Why does Google feel the need to tell people they cannot shop online for legal items?If you wish to purchase a gun, you are required to do a back ground checkThe new policy will only effectively disable many law abiding citizens from acquiring legal weapons for legitimate purposes at reasonable prices, and hurt many many small business’s income.Googles original letter claims, When we make this change, Google will disapprove all of the products identified as being in violation of policies. We ask that you make any necessary changes to your feeds and/or site to comply, so that your products can continue to appear on Google Shopping.
Google bans weapons from Google Merchant shopping listings
We do not allow the promotion or sale of weapons and any related products such as ammunitions or accessory kits on Google Shopping. In order to comply with our new policies, please remove any weapon-related products from your data feed and then re-submit your feed in the Merchant Center.Weve given much thought to our stance on this content, as well as the potential effect our policy decision could have on our Merchants, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.Google also announced that it will introduce sponsored listings in shopping results.
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