So, meandering about the web tonight. Maybe got a little lost. Kind of like when you go to YouTube and click on a toddler laughing and before you know it, your additional clicks on “similar/suggested” videos have you staring at your screen with your mouth open… watching something that is probably illegal in the majority of states.
Anyways, I saw facebook shows bing search results You showed google what’s up, facebook, now g+ will never have a chance… oh wait. Anyways… I noticed a firearms company ad to the right of the bing results. Looking back I realize this was probably shown by facebook and not bing. But I got curious if the M$ Bing policy was anti-gun along with google. Sure enough, I found their bingads (adwords equivalent) policy and what do I see…
I snipped out many of the lines, but you can see it in full at http://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/editorial-disallowed-content-guidelines#Weapons
Weapons, knives, firearms, and ammunition
Advertising is not allowed that promotes firearms or weapons whose primary use is violence. Such content includes:
- Firearms, ammunition, and integral parts
- Guns capable of firing a projectile by using an explosive charge; for example, rifles, shotguns, handguns, semi-automatic or automatic guns, potentially functional replicas or antiques, and blank guns.
- Militia ordnance and grenades
- Ordnance (military weaponry, ammunition, and related parts), even if the item is unserviceable or has been “demilitarized.”
- Grenades, including metal military practice grenades, rifle grenades, dummy grenades, grenade launcher attachments, and mines.
- Brass, plastic, or metal knuckles.
- Leaded canes, staffs, crutches, or sticks.
- Zip guns, sand clubs, saps, or blackjacks.
Hold up. Did I read that correctly? Are they saying military practice grenades, blank guns, and unserviceable ordinance all have a primary use of violence? As Eddie Izzard once said, “I just think just standing there going, ‘Bang!’ ‘That’s not going to kill too many people, is it? You’d have to be really dodgy in the heart to have that…”.
Some of the other stuff I would really question as well, mainly for the fact I am pretty sure leaded canes and the like are not “militia ordnance”. North Koreans drop in ala Red Dawn and I am not reaching for a pair of leaded crutches.
Sorry for all this. Odd tirade.