Climate Change Marketing & Communications

Google and Climate Change Authoritarianism (FREE)

Google and Youtube have updated their ads and monetization policies on climate change.

October 7, 2021

Working closely with outside experts, we regularly review and update our ads and monetization policies to help ensure a brand-safe environment for our advertising partners and to better protect users from unreliable claims, such as fake medical cures or anti-vaccine advocacy.

Addressing climate change denial

In recent years, we’ve heard directly from a growing number of our advertising and publisher partners who have expressed concerns about ads that run alongside or promote inaccurate claims about climate change.

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Advertisers simply don’t want their ads to appear next to this content.

And publishers and creators don’t want ads promoting these claims to appear on their pages or videos.  

That’s why today, we’re announcing a new monetization policy for Google advertisers, publishers  and YouTube creators that will prohibit ads for, and monetization of, content that contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change.

This includes content referring to climate change as a hoax or a scam, claims denying that long-term trends show the global climate is warming, and claims denying that greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contribute to climate change.

When evaluating content against this new policy, we’ll look carefully at the context in which claims are made, differentiating between content that states a false claim as fact, versus content that reports on or discusses that claim.

We will also continue to allow ads and monetization on other climate-related topics, including public debates on climate policy, the varying impacts of climate change, new research and more.

In creating this policy and its parameters, we’ve consulted authoritative sources on the topic of climate science, including experts who have contributed to United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports.

As is the case for many of our policies, we’ll use a combination of automated tools and human review to enforce this policy against violating publisher content, Google-served ads, and YouTube videos that are monetizing via YouTube’s Partner Program. We’ll begin enforcing this policy next month.

This new policy not only will help us strengthen the integrity of our advertising ecosystem, but also it aligns strongly with the work we’ve done as a company over the past two decades to promote sustainability and  confront climate change head-on.

Posted by the Google Ads team


Updating our ads and monetization policies on climate change

Personal Remarks

According to the new prohibition, one is not allowed to refer to climate change as a hoax or scam, deny widely accepted scientific consensus that the global climate is warming, and that greenhouse gas emissions or human activity contribute to climate change.

A deal was recently struck with multinationals including Google to impose a 15 % tax rate. I wonder if this was part of a deal with Google?

Is this censure? Shouldn’t we allow people to express their opinion freely, including climate change deniers?

Is the EU becoming or allowing more and more authoritarianism? Thought fascism?

Climate change has been around for billions of years. Climate change is probably older than mankind. Climate change is probably as old as the existence of this planet (It’s latin name is “Terra”)

Climate change is probably happening on every planet of the universe that has a climate.

And now, humans are only allowed to blame themselves for it?

The million dollar question: instead of banning climate change denial ads, why don’t they ban industrial and commercial operations responsible for climate change?

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