Google Called in for Quiet Word With Government Over Extremist Ads

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Cabinet Office is the latest governmental department to bring in an internet company for a formal chat, with this encounter seeing the search giant questioned over accusations that its vast advertising network is being used to fund hate groups around the world.

The government's top brass are particularly worried that the money it spends on digital advertising -- like telling us it's the tax return deadline or trying to get disengaged youths to join the army -- is therefore going overseas and straight into the bank account of an ISIS-affiliated YouTube celebrity.

The government pulled Google and YouTube ads in the wake of the accusations, and explained: "Google is responsible for ensuring the high standards applied to government advertising are adhered to and that adverts do not appear alongside inappropriate content. We have placed a temporary restriction on our YouTube advertising pending reassurances from Google that government messages can be delivered in a safe and appropriate way." [Guardian]

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