Google is catching heat for their spiking of ads critical of the political action committee MoveOn.org. There is a good editorial about it here. What is getting Google in trouble in not so much that they spiked the ad, but their professed justification. They are claiming that they had to remove the ad because it violated MoveOn.org trademark.
Clearly the ads offended the political beliefs of someone at Google. Fine. Google is free to not do business with anyone they don’t want to. But why not be honest about it? By claiming the decision was based on trademark infringement they are setting a very dangerous precedent that will harm both free speech and Google’s profits.