Google advertises for the slave trade (Really!)
posted by Kaimipono D. Wenger
The sponsored links on the sidebar I just got while reading this Time Magazine article about slavery reparations include this gem:
“Slave Ship: Looking for slave ship? Find exactly what you want today. africanslaveship.com”
Really. Take a look at the screenshot; this is directly off of my computer screen (click through for the larger image):
The site advertised (africanslaveship.com) appears to be a placeholder and generic advertising site. Which brings us back to the Google ad. I’m not sure whether I find it more weird, since apparently someone has forgotten that the slave trade was abolished over a century ago, or whether I should find it more offensive. Google is making a buck from click-throughs to a site that purports to sell a slave ship, on the sidebar to a reparations article! What ever happened to “Don’t be evil”? For now, I’m just shaking my head in disbelief. (And also, weirdly, the Google ad offers to sell “slave ring tones.” Um, yeah.)
I’m a little worried about what kind of sidebar ads Google might be running on articles about the Holocaust.