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Can WordPress remove offensive ads?

  1. My new blog is about Christians who have left a specific kind of church. It is a sensitive topic and a reader has told me they are offended by some of the ads that appear. I realize this is what the free platform does, but can the ads be set to G level or something? The ad in question was EXCLUSIVE: “stolen security camera footage from jennifer aniston’s house (secrets revealed by smartwater…”
    Blog url: http://theuntangling.wordpress.com/

  2. If you feel an ad is inappropriate please take a screenshot of it, http://en.support.wordpress.com/make-a-screenshot/ upload it into your Media Library and return to this thread to let Staff know what the file name is.

    WordPress.com has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this because despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, they did not read the ToS. Many also do not read the advertising entry http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/ in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s). Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all.

    The only way to get rid of all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs is to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/

  3. a reader has told me they are offended by some of the ads that appear

    Has your reader ever heard of Free Speech?

  4. @notawoodpecker
    It's my not humble opinion that if and when you post an actual answer to a question you are being helpful, but when you post questions like the one above you are not being helpful, you are borderline trolling. Stop it!

  5. I am for free speech AND I am offended by some very G rated ads - Ads have nothing to do with free speech - when I see an ad I don't like I don't buy the product EVER and sometimes I go back to the company and complain about the ads and inform them of the boycott

    For a religious site I would consider the No Ads upgrade which at $ 30.-- a year still makes hosting here a real bargain - my main site has no ads as does a site I administer that is for a non-profit org.

  6. Through various methods, I rarely see ads either on the web or on TV. If I happen to notice one I don't like, I ignore or or don't buy the product or service.

    I may take additional steps that are within my control to keep it out of my view. In this case, possibly the No Ads upgrade. More likely I would move to a self-hosted site where I was paying the bills and had full control of content.

    But in no event would I attempt to get the ad removed or banned at the source or at a remote host. That is just simply not my right.

    What one finds offensive, others enjoy. If that's how a company wants to present itself, that is their right and they're paying for that right. No one has to like it, but that's the way it is.

  7. Why are these threads turning into discussion threads? Why, when a Volunteer provides a correct answer as I have done above, do we have this tailgating and gabbing? I'm emailing support Staff to pose that question to them.

  8. Thank you timethief.

  9. I for one am fascinated by the hostility generated by this ad.

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