Google’s turn to get in ‘bi ban’ trouble. Again.
Less than year on from YouTube’s ban on bisexual content, owner Google have managed to get into hot water over bisexuality once again.
American bi organisation BiNetUSA had their google advertising campaign suspended by the search giant for using rude words – “bisexual” and “gay”. Remarkably in 2018 these were deemed to be sexually explicit words and therefore inappropriate.
The advertising campaign had been supported by Google’s own AdWordGrants programme, suggesting a fine case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.
BiNetUSA boss Faith Cheltenham tweeted about it:
It took years to get the word bisexual unbanned by @Google . Disappointed today to see that @adwords again considers the words “#bisexual” and “#gay” too dirty to use in the work @BiNetUSA does to save lives from suicide, abuse and harm. #bisexualerasure pic.twitter.com/m6GdOuMy3I
— Faith Cheltenham (@thefayth) January 2, 2018
Google then performed a hasty reverse declaring that it wasn’t that the B word is too sexual, but that individual words are ineligible for the programme with which BiNetUSA were advertising.
Okay @Google. That was quick. Thank you for reinstating the account of @BiNetUSA and affirming that words “bisexual” and “gay” are both relevant search terms and identities to take pride in. Thank you for apologizing. Thank you for fixing @adwords and let’s not next time? 🤞🏾 pic.twitter.com/d0NIqoOZ5w
— Faith Cheltenham (@thefayth) January 3, 2018