I sent this e-mail to Google this evening:
Dear Google Adsense,
In your terms and conditions for the Adsense programme you state:
“Site may not include:
Violence, racial intolerance, or advocate against any individual, group, or organsation”
This site is run by the British National Party in the UK and includes Adsense advertisements:
The British National Party promote a number of policies that are racist, ie ‘Discrimination or prejudice based on race’.
For example, to take just a few short extracts from this page of their manifesto:
( http://www.bnp.org.uk/candidates2005/manifesto/manf4.htm )
“5. We would abolish all departments, agencies, or other units of government whose sole and specific purpose is to deal with ethnic issues, grievances, or crimes.”
“6. We would abolish all laws against racial discrimination in employment and the government bodies associated with enforcing them.”
“10. A massively-funded and permanent programme, using and doubling Britain’s current foreign aid budget, will aim to reduce, by voluntary resettlement to their lands of ethnic origin, the proportion of ethnic minorities living in Britain, for as long as the majority of the electorate are willing to fund such expenditure.”
“11. While accepting the right of law-abiding minorities, in our country because they or their ancestors came here legally, to remain here and to enjoy the full protection of the law against any form of harassment or hostility, we will also seek to emphasise the importance of the prior status of the aboriginal people. This would be a national extension of the ‘Sons and Daughters’ policy in priority on housing and school places lists which BNP councils seek to implement at local level.”
I do not believe that most of your advertisers would like to be associated with this kind of organisation. I suspect many Adsense publishers, of whom I am one, would not want to have such an organisation among their fellow publishers. I would ask you therefore to consider whether the British National Party should continue to be allowed to show your adverts in this way.
Watch this space.
Update: Ruth has suggested in the comments that other readers might like to write to Google too. Good idea. The page with instructions for reporting Adsense policy violations is here.