On Twitter early this morning, Ryan Fitz flagged something weird: Google Shopping returns no results for any search containing the word “gun.”
After some of my own searching, I found that Google Shopping would return results for search terms in which “gun” is a longer part of a word, such as “Gunsmoke” and “The Last Gunslinger.” But absolutely nothing for any search containing “gun.” Not even toy and recreational guns such as Airsoft.
Included in this “gun” term whiteout are books, artists, movies, and songs with “gun” in the title, such as “Annie, Get Your Gun.”
Also blocked: “The Gun Book for Girls.”
Guns ‘n Roses? Blocked.