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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

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  • Re:Credible Source? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Thruen (753567) on Sunday April 20, 2014 @02:16PM (#46800463)
    A commenter on the linked blog sums up how, even if this is true, it's not news in the way the headline makes it seem.

    FOTF2012 says
    April 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

    The Boris letter is misleading. Makes it sound like CCHR applied for and got a grant from Google in the sense of a monetary gift.

    Pretty much anyone can set up a Google ad words account (https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/1704354?hl=en) and then learn how to manage the details (https://www.google.com/grants/details.html). Here are the basic qualifications: https://www.google.com/grants/... [google.com].

    One requirement is to be a 501(c)3, which CCHR is. You can search for them on GuideStar (http://www.guidestar.org/?gclid=CKDF0e2q6r0CFVKFfgodPrMAHA) and you get 38 results. Apparently CCHR sets up separate entities in each state — maybe they have to as a charity.

    One of the Google Ads program restrictions is that you can only link to one legitimate website. So I imagine they will link to http://www.cchr.org/ [cchr.org].

    Anyway, this “grant” is something that any “non-profit” can use. It is nothing significant Google has given CCHR specifically. It is part of a program that no doubt profits Google while they can say they are helping non-profits. Further, given the eligibility criteria (which CCHR meet), if Google were to deny CCHR use of the program, they would be in a lawsuit and would probably lose.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 21, 2014 @05:46AM (#46803745)

    The Scientology organization is abusive enough even if their teachings were true; peoples' disillusionment can be with the organization while still keeping their brainwashing with regard to their beliefs.

    There's even a non-CoS scientology organization, I think it's called "free zone" or "free zoners" or something.

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