The start of this campaign followed a series of SouthFront reports covering the crash of the US Air Force E-11A electronic surveillance aircraft in Afghanistan and addressing accounts of the supposed death of the top CIA officer involved in the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
On January 28, the Google search service started showing a new widget for people searching with the keyword “SouthFront”. Instead of SouthFront’s official logo, the widget showcases third party pictures.
On January 28, Google AdSense ads on many southfront.org pages were restricted under the pretext that the pages contain “dangerous or derogatory content”.
”incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.
- harasses, intimidates, or bullies an individual or group of individuals.
- threatens or advocates for harm to oneself or others.
- exploits others through extortion.”
Ads on over 40 pages have been restricted. Mainly, these are pages with content on the situation in the Middle East, including Israel- and Iran-related questions. Pages covering the situation in Ukraine were also targeted. An interesting fact is that Google mostly targeted articles with a high number of views (over 10,000).