Google praised for dropping porn ads

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The head of a marriage and family group has lauded reports that Google is alerting advertisers that it is cutting pornography from its advertising policy.

“Pornography is turning out to be one of the biggest causes of divorce, if you talk to divorce lawyers or marriage counselors,” Dr. Janet Morse, president of the marriage defense group the Ruth Institute, told EWTN News.

“So I applaud Google for taking this off their site. I think that’s a pro-social act on their part, and it’s a lot better than government censorship.”

Morality in Media reported June 6 that an e-mail from Google to advertisers informed them of the policy change. Google listed “graphic depictions of sexual acts” as among the things that it would no longer tolerate and stated that it would “disapprove all ads and sites that are identified as being in violation of our revised policy.” Morality in Media added that “it seems Google will also no longer link to sites that contain such materials.”

Dr. Morse said the decision benefits society as a whole, because pornography is “anti-social” by nature.

“Pornography use has become an anti-social issue, because it’s a form of anti-social behavior when you think about the fact that human sexuality is designed to draw men and women together for the good of the species and for the good of society,” she explained.

“Pornography turns that whole intrinsically pro-social desire into something that’s completely private and personal and isolated,” she continued, adding that it is preventing men “from being in real relationships with real people.”

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