Anonymous is a group of people best known for their organized protests against the Church of Scientology. They also made an objective from exposing facts about Scientology, one such website created by them being Enturbulation.
Until recently they posted ads via the Google Adsense network on Enturbulation, but their Adsense account was suspended. Reason given:
While going through our records recently, we found that your AdSense account has posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers. Since keeping your account in our publisher network may financially damage our advertisers in the future, we've decided to disable your account.
Enturbulation is a website whose actions are geared towards exposing the Church of Scientology, and apparently the problem was that ads paid by Scientology appeared on the Enturbulation website. So the members of this anti-Scientology website were seeing ads that promoted Scientology, which kind of results in a bad experience mainly for the advertiser. This is why Google decided to close down the Anonymous Google Adsense account. However, even if Google acts like it would be neutral in this matter (pro or anti Scientology), there are some issues that let us believe Google took the part of Scientology:
- Scientology is currently investing enormous amounts of money via Google AdWords, you've probably seen their "Get the Facts about Scientology" image ads on Youtube and other Google Partners - so Google might have decided to protect their interest
- Another thing is that AdWords publishers have the possibility to filter out websites that they don't want their ads to be displayed in, why didn't they simply filter the Enturbulation website (or other websites like this one) so that their interest would have been protected (maybe because they wanted ads to be displayed in such websites, after all it's all about conversion)
So, how about that "Do no Evil" slogan Google?