Do YouTube “How To” Videos to Cheat Drug Tests Violate Adwords Policies?

Music Technology Policy

We mostly care about whether YouTube videos violate state or federal laws and not so much about Google’s own policies.  However, it’s interesting to note how Google uses YouTube videos as a dodge for what would likely be a violation of Adwords policies if the video (or the product in the video) were itself an advertisement served through Adwords.  Then Google sells advertising for other products against the otherwise prohibited video.

Slick, eh?  Those crazy kids at Google, just bobbing and weaving their way through life.

Here’s the Adwords policy:

Illegal drugs and psychoactive substances

What’s the policy?

Google AdWords doesn’t allow the promotion of illegal drugs, legal or synthetic highs, herbal drugs, chemicals and compounds with psychoactive effects, drug paraphernalia, or aids to pass drug tests. Our policy on drugs covers products that are illegal, as well as some products that may be legal in some countries.

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