Google cares only about hurricane victims?

Just sent this to google:

I have been blogging a lot about the famine in Southern Africa. Adsense seems to detect something about donating or aid or something, and it is continuously showing public service ads to help hurricane victims. It is a bit offensive when 5 million people are starving in my Malawi and I have this gigantic ad about helping the hurricane victims in America. Any chance google could broaden its sense of public service to be more international?

I think helping Hurricane victims rebuild is very important, but I think Google should also be doing public service ads for other tragedies like the earthquake in Pakistan, and the famine in Africa.

Thanks to Jeff Rafter for pointing out the ad and supplying a screen shot.

Google's response:
We currently do not run paid Google ads on web pages that are determined
to contain potentially sensitive, negative, or non-family safe content by
our automatic contextual advertising system. At this moment, we are only
running Public Service Ads related to the hurricanes in the United States.

"potentially sensitive, negative, or non-family safe content" - I guess a famine kind of fits into all of these categories. I don't mind not showing ads, but I do think Google should expand their Public Service Ads.

1 Response to Google cares only about hurricane victims?

  1. Toni Cuss says:

    Yes, I agree. I must admit that, living in Malawi and faced with a level of living way below what most Americans (and Australians for that matter) take for granted, I find it annoying that America thinks the world should come to its aid when in fact America has the means to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. I can't imagine what it would have been like to lose home and friends and family and to be relocated away from home and I send my sympathies to those involved, but what we see every day in Africa is not a one-off event and this country cannot afford many basic amenities, let alone to rebuild a city the likes of New Orleans.

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