by Eric Peters, The Burning Platform:
Franz Kafka wrote about the tyranny of the unknowable. He even gave it his name, Kafkaesque. Well, here’s an example of just that.
Below, you’ll see a copy of a Publisher Policy Violation sent my way via the nexus of online evil itself. Evil, because it has its boot on the throat of every independent media outlet online. Violate its Publisher Policies and your site will be blacklisted – and not just in the advertising way. Also in the search engine way and – if you are really naughty – in the page-won’t-load way.
Dear Publisher,This Google Publisher Policy Report gives you an overview of recent activity related to violations found on specific pages of your websites. As enforcement statuses may change over time, please refer to the “Page-level enforcements” section of the AdSense Policy Center for the current list of active violations.Please note this report doesn’t cover violations that may happen on an overall site or account level. You may be notified by a separate email if site or account level violations are found. Ads will continue to serve where no policy violations have been found, either at the page- or site-level.
In the last 24 hours:
New violations were detected. As a result, ad serving has been restricted or disabled on pages where these violations of the AdSense Program Policies were found. To resolve the issues, you can either remove the violating content and request a review, or remove the ad code from the violating pages.
Further details on enforcements can be found in the AdSense Help Center. To learn more about our program policies, please view the AdSense Program Policies.
Google Publisher Policy
But they won’t actually tell you why. Give you a specific reason as regards what they deem objectionable. It is up to you to figure it out somehow.
You are guilty of “something”… but they won’t say exactly what.
You can’t call anyone to find out what – because there’s no phone number, much less a human you might appeal to. Just their inscrutable algorithms.
The definition of Kafkaesque.
Luckily, this site relies on reader support rather than the evil nexus – and its Company Town advertising system. You make it possible to end-run their financial boot on the throat.
Unluckily, they can – and have been – thwarting this site in other ways. One way – I just discovered this – is via the page-won’t load way.
Twice now, I have been at coffee shops where everything but EPautos would load. Well, almost everything else. I tried loading some “alt-right” web sites, specifically, Breitbart – and it would not load, either.
I gather that there are filters – or whatever the term is – designed to deny you access (or make it harder to access) these “alt right” sites. But whatever Breitbart’s editorial leanings may be, EPautos is as “alt right” as Bruce Jenner is female. I get hit with the “alt right” slam a lot, regardless. Apparently, some people cannot distinguish between philosophical (moral and ethical) opposition to violence and the embrace of it.