Happy Thanksgiving, somewhere snowed under 28 November 2019 (can actually happen to anyone)
It is in the spirit of Thanksgiving and the rapidly appearing Christmas season this should serve to reflect hopefully on the real people (meaning humans) at Google. By the way, poor grammar deliberately not corrected. Too damn tired.
This is a story about Google, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, profitability of Google, policies going stupid, the advertising industry, censorship and the lack of common sense. My apologies to Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It was not our intent to get them involved. Although they are part of the story.
It starts on 21 June 2019. The Voice of America headline by the Associated Press reads “Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Start New Foundation“. The story ran on the AP website on 20 June of this year. Fantastic. Right up the alley of good deeds.
Since the Google overlords do not like our site out of whatever reason and did not allow us to make any tiny fraction of revenues the site was un-adsensed. For people who don’t know what this means, it is that feature that Mark Zuckerberg makes billions, google advertisers make gazillions and the actual site publisher make nothing, or insignificant amounts of zero-dot-coma-nothing. The public complaints are mounting. We are just one of many. But this is not about money only.
This is about who decides what makes money and what does not. Even if the reporting is a good deed, Google anti-humans or AI views the story as a no-value story. We disagree.
Taken the video above the guys have a point. Let me explain.
In the review process, after working through the editing process of what site works, why it does not work, what need to be fixed, my attention was turned to the announcement of the story has no value and was what google refers to as the evil content copying without adding value. And therefore, sorry to say, you won’t be included in making a zero-dot-coma-nothing buck.
Well in our case Google is wrong on both accounts.
Firstly, the story is not scraped. We employ young inspiring students (yes humans) to search for value stories, and we respect the original authors. We provide young students the capability to think.
Yes, a process which involves the cavity between the ears to engage with neutrons and other neurological function to make an emotional, rational and logical decisions. And yes, this means going beyond the 14-inch x 1-inch screen size of a iPhone which gives you neck pains.
Secondly, in the case of the royal announcement we firmly think this is a value-added and highly laudable effort by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan. So, the researcher who made the decision to print this in original should be supported. Good call, carry on!
After reviewing the Google argument, because in the review our original content was illustrated (and ignored by Google) it was decided that our collective of small writers, journalists and editors decided take offense to the argument Google made. (I can see my lawyer will roll his eyes when he reads this).
Because the gist of the story is a public good deed announcement which should be amplified by all means and not viewed as a buck and a half money machine. By God if anyone really thinks you get rich by dealing with Google you need to see the actual values, they pay out to us publishers. Which is zilch.
It seems nowadays if you are not twerking a fat ass and sell a gazillion of makeup made from fossil fuels or descend to the gates of Hades of narcissism taking a selfie you have no value in the eyes of Google.
Is Google this brobdingnagian, a fancy word for gargantuan, monster of unseen individuals who hide behind the keyboard becoming the new censors of opinions?
Just a simple question, have you ever tried to contact google? You’re lucky, as a mere mortal from the press to get a real person beyond the answering machine. They never return a phone call, and seem this invisible force of bots, dots, and what have it. By the way a massive office in Asia was particularly bad.
The atmosphere is one of a grown-up day-care centre with a lot of loitering. Lots of latte drinking, pretty people giving you the impression they are all on a paid vacation, and little productivity.
This monster seems to employ a Gestapo like department which possibly only consists of machines and some of the above-mentioned pretty people which besides a degree of a shake and bake university have zero life experience.
Because if you would have the capability to emotionally decipher that Prince Harry is a combat veteran with a long history of credible and tangible achievements your AI process would decipher the true value of the announcement of the royals starting a new thing.
The email we gotten was the true trigger of our editorial here:
“.….Thank you for submitting an appeal. However, after thoroughly reviewing brusselsobserver.com and taking your feedback into consideration, we are unable to enable ad serving to your site again at this time, as your site appears to still be in violation.”
“……Example page where violation occurred: http://brusselsobserver.com/
“……As stated in our Program policies, we may not show Google ads on pages or apps with little or no value and/or excessive advertising to the user. This includes pages or apps that are scraping or rewriting of content from other sources without adding value.”
We gotten another of the Google beauties such as claiming a deleted post being a violation (I am not making this up) or disagreeing with a subcategory of endangered species deemed an offense. (Yup, true to the letter!).
Ok. enough of the technicalities. Here are our points. First, VOA and AP are having no value? or is it Second, of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex having no value. Oh ok, reprinting has no value or us having no value? Really?
Seriously, when idiocy is running wild, which is clearly the case, one must speak up. Voltaire, a French philosopher for the average iPhone, latte sucking, neo-generations of twerkers, once said, “Common sense is not so common.”
Maybe Google could employ a few more centrist common-sense people which got the experience, the age and yes are grumpy as a matter of character.
A good common-sense education does not include Harvard. It means raising a family, means paying your bills, means getting up in the middle of the night smelling like baby puke and means having the brain power to decipher real efforts.
As we returned from Hong Kong it means being on the frontlines of reporting and running a good-deed story without putting lipstick on the obvious. Not everything needs a spin.
What was written needs no further amplification or the Google spin to make money. By the way the story was a trending story by Google Trends. Which are the recommended sources for AdSense.
The efforts by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are laudable. The announcement was in the true traditions of humanity. One does not have to agree with everything of royalty, or politics or twerking but when a mammoth like Google goes stupid then we have an obligation to speak up.
The Google automated response lacks the emotional empathy on the subject, which means it’s some machine or mathematical formula developed by some geek eliminating the process of actual comprehension.
No doubt claims of AI (the new messiahs of solving all problems) detecting lung cancer 6 human radiologists is wonderful, but I wonder if we print this will be equally penalized? Ah ok, its a google driven narrative. I see.
Because Google and other IT monsters hiding behind their keyboards. Or maybe it seems Young Harry not twerking his butt and his wife Meghan trying to be doing good for humanity does not make a green buck for Mr. Google?
Human compassion Google people, Human compassion. Not everything needs to have a value attached. Try this you sycophants.
Here. this is what we decided. We, by god, not making enough money, but we decided to add on a link of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex foundation, once it is up. And whatever donations are made here will be donated to the foundation.
If Google seems the public announcement by AP or VOA is not appreciated in the spirit of Thanksgiving and upcoming Christmas, we do!
The Editorial Team of Brussels Observer