Earlier in the week we heard that a number of large companies in the UK had pulled their adverts from YouTube after they had appeared on extremist and anti-semitic videos.
Now both AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the US have also pulled their adverts from YouTube, you can see a statement from Verizon below.
“Once we were notified that our ads were appearing on non-sanctioned websites, we took immediate action to suspend this type of ad placement and launched an investigation.” Its action followed AT&T, which named Google specifically, in a statement that “We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate. Until Google can ensure that this won’t happen again, we are removing our ads from Google’s non-search platforms.”
Google has already acknowledged the problem earlier in the week and are taking a number of steps to make sure that their advertisers adverts do not appear on these types of videos.