Scamp pulled over offensive comment

Scamp, one of the UK's leading advertising blogs, was suspended by Google's Hate Crimes division this week after a reader complained about offensive material posted in the comments section.

The blog was blocked on Friday by the Google-owned blogging platform Blogger for violating its terms of service. Visitors to the blog, which is written by the Bartle Bogle Hegarty creative Simon Veksner, were unable to enter the site until Wednesday, when the block was lifted.

The offending comment was in reaction to a post entitled "Sauce Poll", published last Friday, which invited users to vote for who they would prefer to date in an ad agency.

The comment in question contained offensive remarks concerning people with Down's Syndrome. Veksner has deleted the comment.

In a later post, he wrote: "Although I stand by my original rationale for not deleting the comment, I have to accept that I am just a tenant here and, although I can set the house rules to a certain extent, ultimately it's Google who own the place."

BBH declined to comment.

- Opinion, page 19.


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