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Google Shopping's Ban on 'Gun' Searches Backfires Strangely

Google Shopping's Ban on 'Gun' Searches Backfires Strangely

Google Shopping had a problem with its search results, a temporary glitch didn't let users search for anything containing the word gun.

Online shoppers have complained about being unable to browse dozens of products such as Burgundy wine, water guns and music by American rock band Guns N' Roses. The move strangely backfired as non-gun-related words like "Burgundy" and "Gundam" have vanished as well. Spud guns, water guns, nail guns, and even the Gunnersaurus dinosaur mascot of a well-known British soccer team were removed.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Google Shopping does not allow customers to search for "guns" in any form.

After some of my own searching, I found that Google Shopping would return results for search terms in which "gun" is a longer part of a word, such as "Gunsmoke" and "The Last Gunslinger".

The default message for those items is "Your search did not match any shopping results". Users couldn't fund results for things such a wine, gundams, and Guns and Roses.

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Google is trying to crack down on people shopping for firearms on its website - with some freaky results.

People took to social media, with many expressing indignation at the forced and arbitrary restrictions.

Google's main page still featured results for the word gun on February 27 but not in the Google Shopping section.

Before the issue was corrected, Twitter users were in a frenzy over gun-related search results on Google Shopping. According to the policy, Google Shopping doesn't allow retailers to sell or advertise "products that cause damage, harm, or injury".

Google Shopping banned weapon listings in 2012.


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