United Kingdom government suspends ads amid extremism concerns — YouTube

The move from the United Kingdom officials comes after an investigation by The Times, which found extremists were making money off of government adverts funded by taxpayers. It was not alone.

The government has removed the advertising and has called Google executives to the Cabinet Office discuss how the issue can be rectified.

Alphabet Inc shares were unchanged in premarket trading Friday.

The content included YouTube videos of American white nationalists, a hate preacher banned in the United Kingdom and a controversial Islamist preacher.

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".

According to a report in The Guardian, the French advertising giant's decision came after talks broke down related to Google's inability to "provide specific reassurances" related to where video and display ads appear.

"It is very clear that this is not the case at the moment", he wrote.

Yesterday, the Guardian withdrew advertising from Google and YouTube after its ads were placed next to extremist content.

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Google has been ordered by the Government to explain why taxpayer-funded adverts are appearing alongside extremist material.

"We accept that we don't always get it right and that sometimes, ads appear where they should not.We will make changes to our policies and brand controls for advertisers". He added, "At the same time, we recognise the need to have strict policies that define where Google ads should appear". It has prompted the video-sharing company into a "thorough review of our ads policies and brand controls".

In May past year, the Financial Times revealed that Muhammad Jibril Abdul Rahman, an Islamist extremist accused of funding the 2009 Jakarta suicide bombings, had been selling advertising space on his website to global brands including Citigroup, IBM and Microsoft using a service provided by Google.

Google acknowledged its record was not flawless and said it was committed to "doing better". Clearly these policies have not worked recently, and the company is going to take steps to improve things. " Channel 4 stopped its ads, saying it was not satisfied that YouTube was "a safe environment".

"We have always said Google, Facebook and others are media companies and have the same responsibilities as any other media company", Sorrell said.

American tech companies are facing tight scrutiny in Europe over their ineffective regulation of hateful and inappropriate content online, and Google is no exception.

That resolution may reside in rewriting how programmatic ad buying gets done. With more than 15 years of marketing experience, Ginny has held both in-house and agency management positions. That imbalance may have reached its tipping point in the UK.

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