First Google chanted ‘Don’t Be Evil.’ Then they helped build the Great Firewall Of China and handed over all your data to the NSA. Then they banned guns form Google Shopping results pages. And now one of the newest tool known to man is turning its wrath against the oldest tools known to man. That’s right: knives.
The Knife Depot blog is certainly a competitor of ours, but Knife Depot is also a huge online knife retailer that all of us have done business with (or will soon.) And competitor or no, there are times when people of common sense have to stand together and this is one of them.
Knife Depot’s Daniel Lawton sets it all out right here.
Our customers use their knives everyday in a wide array of capacities. Whether they’re hunters or fisherman, outdoorsman or collectors, their relationships with knives are built upon a love for craftsmanship, self-reliance and the outdoors.
It’s for that reason that we’ve become deeply dismayed by recent efforts by companies like Google and Facebook to label completely legal knives as weapons and to restrict their advertisement on the Internet
In March, I wrote about our battles with Google’s AdWords program, in which our entire account had been shut down due to the fact that we sold completely legal assisted-opening knives that were never prohibited in Google’s AdWords policy.
At the time, we didn’t expect to ever be able to advertise with Google again, however, we had our account re-activated in May with the caveat that none of our landing pages could have assisted-opening knives on them.
Then, just this month, our AdWords account was once again shut down without any advanced notice. We were informed that Google considered “throwing knives” to be weapons and we could not run any ads to those pages.
WTF? Jump over to the Knife Depot Blog for the rest of the story. The takeaway is that Google and Facebook suck, although you probably already knew that.