Microsoft Doesn't Allow Ads with the Number "69"

Oct 4, 2007 • 8:56 am | comments (0) by twitter | Filed Under Microsoft Bing adCenter
 

An advertiser using MSN adCenter has a product listed for $69.99. However, he can't actually feature the price in the ad because the number "69" is not allowed.

I tried to update an ad this morning with the price of the product in the ad. I couldn't list the price, $69.99, because 69 is not allowed. Forget that it's part of a price. No 69's allowed. They can't even write their software to figure out this is part of the price.

Oops.

As someone suggests, perhaps this can be flagged for review instead of automatically being filtered.

It does raise an interesting point though - the difficulties of filtering content whilst allowing users to perform basic actions. [space]swearword[space] is a fairly simple one - I think that less obvious issues such as 69 or S#*$!horpe should be 'flagged' up rather than automatically filtered.

I think that's a fair point. Really, not all of us are thinking about what 69 means to some people. ;)

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

This post was composed on October 1st and is scheduled for publication on October 4th.

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