UK Government to Grill Google Over Funding Extremists With Taxpayers' Money

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UK Government to Grill Google Over Funding Extremists With Taxpayers' Money

The decision to pull ads from Google followed a Times of London investigation that revealed ads from many large companies and the United Kingdom government appeared alongside content from the likes of white nationalist David Duke and pastor Steven Anderson, who praised the killing of 49 people in a gay nightclub.

Adverts for big names including Mercedes-Benz, Waitrose and Marie Curie were featured before videos uploaded by ISIS supporters and other terrorist sympathisers, the investigation found.

The government has placed a temporary restriction on YouTube advertising pending reassurances from Google that its ads will not appear beside the extremist videos.

Analysis by The Times showed that blacklists which are created to prevent digital adverts from popping up next to extremist content, are not working.

"Google has been summoned for discussions at the Cabinet Office to explain how it will deliver the high quality of service government demands on behalf of the taxpayer", the spokesperson said.

Vinamilk said in a document filed to the information and communication ministry that it has suspended ads on YouTube until it could be sure that any advertising there "completely complies with the law". Advertisers are unhappy that their ads have been placed next to extremist content and hate speech, and Google says it will improve the controls advertisers have over ad placement.

Ads appeared "next to extremist and hate-filled videos", prompting Guardian News & Media to stop all advertising through YouTube parent Google, the British publisher said in an e-mailed statement March 17.

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The government has removed its adverts from YouTube amid concerns they are appearing next to "inappropriate" material on the video-sharing site.

"Multimillion-dollar social media companies with ample funds are simply not investing almost enough in taking proactive action to stop extremist content from appearing and to stop it being monetised", he said."Profit comes first for these people, " he added. Earlier this week, Germany threatened to fine social media outlets like Facebook $53 million if they do not allow users to complain about posts containing hate-speech or fake news and if the company didn't work to remove illegal content. Germany first proposed this measure past year and mostly targeted the publishing of fake news stories on social media.

"We have always said Google, Facebook and others are media companies and have the same responsibilities as any other media company", Sorrell said. The Guardian and Sainsbury's said that Google's actions were unacceptable.

In a blog post published on Friday morning, Google's UK MD, Ronan Harris, said Google "can do a better job" to address inappropriately monetised videos and content.

In face of the growing pressure Google promised it would conduct a "thorough review of our ads policies and brand controls".

Havas Group UK is pausing all YouTube and Google Display Network ad spend until further notice, with chief executive and country manager Paul Frampton saying it has a "duty of care" to clients to ensure brand safety.

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