Scientology Ads Take Over the Web
by Jordon Golson, GigaOM, July 7, 2009.
"Google AdSense is serving up ads from the Church of Scientology, the cult/religion founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard — and Seth Weintraub, for one, can’t seem to ban them from his site. Weintraub’s Macintosh rumors page, 9to5Mac, might seem an odd place for Scientology to advertise, but the Church is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar ad blitz to promote the organization."
"Weintraub noted that he didn’t have a problem with any advertiser in particular, until his readers started complaining about the adverts, especially since he hadn’t noticed any rise in ad revenue. However, when he attempted to rid his site of the ads with competitive URL filtering — one of the tools Google gives its AdSense users, they had no effect. Weintraub writes in Computerworld, “I’ve…put every Scientology URL in the filter. To no avail. The Scientology ads keep coming.” It seems this isn’t a new problem, either; other users have been having similar problems dating back to February."
"Google didn’t respond to requests for comment."
Why aren't we surprised !!
Comments - at GigaOM
"And if it’s not Scientology itself, it’s a Scientology front group like Narconon. Those Narconon ads are everywhere, usually deceptively hiding behind another name.
What’s really annoying is how Google News indexes all the
Scientology public relations releases, as if they were actually news. Scientology starts churning those out whenever some negative story appears, to bury it.
Anyways, the Scientology Office of Special Affairs internet
patrollers will show up soon to comment here and explain this."
"As much as people are getting frustrated about this topic which is starting to appear in a large number of articles now… I am a very positive person and you must look for the positive in every situation.
For people like me who focus on making money from their websites, this is an area that we can get some money out of Scientology group… haha! (Jokes).
Happy making money online!"
Making money from visitors to websites is surely not a responsible thing to do when users clicking on the ads could easily be seduced by Scientology.
It seems obvious that Scientology is a destructive cult. No doubt (most) ex-Church Of God people wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole!
Of course, it would help a lot if the websites could filter the Scientology ads effectively ....
and perhaps the mighty Google should ignore its huge profits for once, and ban ads from organizations that are widely regarded to be run by con men and women - who use powerful mind control techniques, and ruin peoples' lives and bank balances.
(Sure! ... I'll be amazed if that happens!)