Sailor Mac (sailormac) wrote in fanthropology,
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Reappearance of Warriors for Innocence?

I work for a publication for travel agents, and we use Google Ads to promote our Web sites. Today, I found the following letter in my E-mail, claiming to be from Warriors for Innocence, the group that allegedly provoked Strikethrough:

Subject: Your Company’s Ad Appears on a Child Sex/Rape Site
Date: June 16, 2007 8:45:01 PM EDT

Dear [name of publication] Staff,

I have found a [name of publication] ad on a very inappropriate web page, in close proximity to such subjects as Incest, Family Sex, F***ing children, Child Molesting, Child Pornography, and other disturbing topics. I am sure that as a responsible and well respected company, you know nothing about this, as many advertisers on do not.

I have taken a screen shot of this disgusting page with your ad on it and will be glad to email it to you if someone will contact me with an email address to which to send it.

There are hundreds of these pages in the LiveJournal community with ads by many unsuspecting companies such as yours. Many of these sites have been reported to LiveJournal, but they choose to allow this content despite a negative reaction to it.

LiveJournal recently launched a campaign, in response to our requests, to suspend many of these inappropriate sites. Unfortunately, they have since changed their minds and have brought many of these sites back online.

I'm afraid that the only way to ensure the safety of your company's reputation is to remove all ad support from LiveJournal. Google Adsense and Google Adwords are the main providers of advertising for LiveJournal. I urge you to contact your advertising departments/managers and have your ads pulled from all of

I can also provide information on how to conduct a search of "objectionable" sites that may contain your ad. I would be happy to work with you in obtaining any information that you need.

I trust that you do not support this and will withdraw your support from in order to maintain the reputation you have earned.

I look forward to hearing from you.

WFI team member

We are the only thing that stands between evil and the innocent. We can no longer stay silent or passive- no longer do nothing. ~

Has anyone else who uses Google Ads, either for hobby or professional sites, gotten anything like this?

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