Does Google Allow Ads that Mock Suicide?

Oct 13, 2008 • 10:01 am | comments (2) by twitter | Filed Under Google AdSense
 

Michael VanDemar blogged about apparent Google AdSense insensitivity as it relates to the recession. He says that there's a possibility for the suicide rate to skyrocket, just like it did in the Great Depression. Thus, he's a little disturbed by a Google AdSense ad for Woot.com which said the following:

"Before you jump out of
that window, why not spend your
last remaining dollars at Woot?"

Naturally, Michael has found that quite offensive and tasteless, and many users agree. It's possible, though, that Google missed this one for removal. I think it may be questionable, but I understand the sarcasm in Woot's usual marketing messages and this is no exception.

Should it be removed? You tell me. Take the poll.

Forum discussion continues at Sphinn. And a hat tip to Gary for spotting this as well.

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Comments:

Todd Mintz

10/13/2008 04:33 pm

I think the ad was totally in line with Woot's "unusual" way of marketing and I really find it difficult to see how anyone would take it seriously.

RidleySays

06/08/2012 08:04 am

Presumably because you have never been suicidal or known someone who is.

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