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June 4, 2010

When Google Bans Its Own Discussion Group

Google employees use Google's services to get feedback from users and to share the latest updates: Blogger, Google Groups, YouTube, Google Moderator, Google Spreadsheets and more. Some important benefits are that they test Google's services, find bugs and they're more likely to improve the services. Often, Google's employees are regular users and they'll see the same bugs and limitations as any other Google user.

Stefan K√ľng clicked on a link from Google Talk Labs Edition FAQ which was supposed to send him to the Google Talk Labs Edition Group. Unfortunately, Google's own group has been removed because it violated Google's Terms Of Service.

The terms of use forbid users from posting "inappropriate, defamatory, infringing, obscene, or unlawful content", "messages that promote pyramid schemes, chain letters or disruptive commercial messages or advertisements" or messages that "transmit any viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses, or any items of a destructive nature". Spam is still a big problem for Google Groups and it's likely that the Google Talk Labs Edition Group was a great place for posting spam messages.


  1. I cant imagine they are not able to fix spam in groups. If they can do it in gmail, technically they can do it here too. I think reason is that they dont want to put effort/people/focus in groups much.

  2. The group opens up just fine for me. Maybe it was only a temporary block to stop an influx of spam....

  3. That's not new. I saw this month ago.
    Now it works, but I have canged to chrome. Perhaps it depends on the browser or something else.

  4. Thats funny. I run the registration for Google I/O and last year I used Google Checkout as a payment option.

    3 months after the event. I got an email the account was closed due to suspicious transactions made.

  5. looks like their own dogfood didn't taste good ;-)


  6. I wonder what the exact reason for pulling it down was.


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