Google suspends ad account of conservative children’s book publisher after Trump-Russia collusion book
FIRST ON FOX: Google’s advertising platform temporarily suspended the account of a conservative children’s book publisher in the days after the release of its latest book, a fantasy retelling of the collusion narrative involving former President Trump and Russia. Google told Fox News Digital that the suspension was lifted later Tuesday.
BRAVE Books, which publishes children’s books advocating for the Second Amendment and warning against critical race theory, received a notification Monday from Google Ads that its account had been suspended for violating the “workaround policy.” systems” from Google. Google Ads did not provide details about the specific violation.
“Google does not want users to feel misled by content promoted in Shopping Ads,” Google added, mentioning “promotions that depict you or your products in a way that is not accurate, realistic or truthful”.
BRAVE Books Chief of Staff Zac Bell told Fox News Digital on Tuesday that the publisher has appealed the suspension.
“The suspension was overturned following our standard appeal process,” a Google spokesperson told Fox News Digital after press time.
BRAVE Books CEO Trent Talbot confirmed to Fox News Digital that the account has been reinstated.
“We’ve been appealing for several days and we’ve heard absolutely nothing,” Talbot said. “After thirty minutes of Fox writing this story, our account has been reinstated.”
“It shows the importance of the free press and freedom of expression,” Talbot added. “That’s why we’re so excited about our latest book. Unmuzzle me please, which happens to be on the subject of freedom of expression, will be published tomorrow.”
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BRAVE Books has been using the Google Ads platform for almost a year without any issues. The publisher mainly used Google and Facebook for advertising.
“Google has just delivered a devastating blow to us,” BRAVE Books CEO Trent Talbot said in a statement first sent to Fox News Digital on Tuesday, before the account was reinstated. “Unfortunately, Google has a monopoly on internet searches, and we rely heavily on their platform to get our books out to parents across the country.”
“I put the company in a position to lean on Google because I never imagined they would be so bold to suspend a healthy children’s picture book company,” Talbot added.
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The suspension came days after BRAVE Books published “Plot Against the King,” a book explaining the debunked narrative that Donald Trump was a Russian asset in the 2016 election and the politicians and media who promoted the narrative. The book “converts the real-life story of the Russiagate hoax into a humorous children’s tale”, according to the publisher.
Kash Patel, who served as the acting US Secretary of Defense’s chief of staff under Trump and former chief Russiagate investigator for the House Intelligence Committee under then-Chairman Devin Nunes, suggested Google’s suspension represented a attempt to silence the truth about the “Russian Collusion Plot.”
“Two years ago the left tried to block the truth about the Russian collusion plot, and now they’re trying to stop our children from learning the truth,” Patel said. “I won’t let that happen.”
“Educating our children in the truth must be free from big tech censorship and politically based ideological shadow banning,” he added.
Rogan O’Handley, who is launching his book “Unmuzzle Me Please!” Wednesday, also commented on Google’s decision.
“Censorship by tech giants is like David versus Goliath, but it has to stop,” O’Handley told FOX Business in a statement. “When Twitter banned my account a year ago for criticizing our government, I knew I had to do something. My book ‘Unmuzzle Me Please!’ is a great way for parents to teach their children the importance of free speech.”
“My hope is that the next generation cannot stand the silence of opinions because of their political affiliation,” he added. “Free speech is an American right!”
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BRAVE Books has published a series of children’s books that promote conservative ideas.
Ashley St. Clair wrote “Elephants Are Not Birds”, discussing gender. Elizabeth Johnston wrote “Little Lives Matter”, dealing with the sanctity of life. Jack Posobiec wrote “The Island of Free Ice”, showing the dangers of communism. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, wrote “Fame Blame and the Raft of Shame” on cancel culture. The Hodgetwins wrote “More Than Spots and Stripes”, vaccinating children against critical race theory.