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The word "knife" in online advertising

Discussion in 'Knife Laws' started by Peter Pendjurov, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Peter Pendjurov

    Peter Pendjurov KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    9
    Oct 16, 2018
    The topic is not about country laws, but rather something interesting I have encountered 2 years ago. (Sorry if it has been discussed before, I'm new to the forums)

    When I first made my website a few years back, I started using Google Adwords to promote it. So I was using keywords like "handmade knife" in the advertisements. But two years ago, all my advertisements on the Adwords platform were banned because the word "knife" has become illegal to advertise. Google changed their TOS, knives were considered a weapon, so I wasn't permitted to use it anymore. I had a discussion with the support staff about that. I asked them what about using "kitchen knives" as a keyword. Are kitchen knives considered a weapon too? The short answer was "yes". Since then I stopped using any online advertising, but I find that really puzzling. I personally don't think a knife is any more dangerous than a pair of scissors, and I think knives are just an everyday object we people have used for thousands of years.

    How can we as a community drive change towards the world acknowledging that knives are tools, not a weapon?
     
  2. Man with no name

    Man with no name

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    Jun 24, 2015
  3. Peter Pendjurov

    Peter Pendjurov KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    9
    Oct 16, 2018
    Very interesting! Thanks for pointing this up!
     
  4. Critter

    Critter Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 23, 2003

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