Google banned Christian YouTube ad on homosexuality after backlash from employees

www.christianpost.com | 3/20/2019 | Staff
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A video advertisement informing people on the Bible’s teachings on homosexuality was banned by Google-owned YouTube and ruled to be “counter” to the organization’s mission.

The Daily Caller News Foundation has reported that a Google vice president in June 2018 moved to prohibit a video advertisement from Messianic Jewish Radio host Michael Brown from being advertised on YouTube after employees called the video “homophobic.”

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The video in question is titled “Can you be gay and be a Christian?” and was posted on Brown’s “AskDrBrownAccount.” In the video, Brown, an author, host of the "Line of Fire" podcast, and contributor to The Christian Post and other publications, argues that homosexual sex is a sin.

Although he argues it is no worse than other sins, he states that Christians are called to abstain from sinful behavior.

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According to internal Google communications obtained by the Daily Caller, the video was flagged in an internal listserv newsletter called “Yes at Google.” The newsletter is run by Google’s human resources and is sent to over 30,000 employees. The listserv is devoted to addressing “microaggressions” and “micro-corrections” within the company.

Highlighted in the listserve was a comment from an employee who stated that Brown’s advertisement was appearing in channels operated by gay and **** users.

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“I cannot see how this can be allowed when the specific idea of LGBT videos is to allow the creators to feel free to share their content and be comfortable that anti-LGBT advertisers would not be attached to their content,” the employee reportedly wrote. “This seems very counter to our mission, specifically around PRIDE 2018 timeframe.”

After backlash to Brown’s video’s advertising continued to grow among employees, Google vice president for product management and ads, Vishal Sharma, declared that the video would no longer be eligible to run as an advertisement.

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