Ali Barakat is like the Justin Bieber of Hezbollah. Last I checked Hezbollah (or Hizballah) were still listed as a terrorist organization by the US Government. Is Fiat-Chrysler helping Google fund Hezbollah or its supporters? This screenshot was provided to us by GIPEC. It appears to show a Dodge Ram Truck ad being shown along side an Ali Barakat video depicting Hezbollah fighters in action. The video is currently live on YouTube.
For nearly 5 years the Trichordist has been reporting on Google’s practice of supplying advertising to less than reputable sites. We were at first focused on how advertising was funding the music and movie piracy ecosystem and thus undermining artists ability to make a living. But as we dug deeper we noticed that Google was pretty much willing to advertise on anything. We wondered if brands really cared their money was going to illegal pornographers, fake news sites, neo-nazis and terrorist sympathizers. Certainly Google doesn’t care cause here we are 5 years later and they are still doing it.
“France’s Havas SA, the world’s sixth-largest advertising and marketing company, pulled its U.K. clients’ ads from Google and YouTube on Friday after failing to get assurances from Google that the ads wouldn’t appear next to offensive material. Those clients include wireless carrier O2, Royal Mail Plc, government-owned British Broadcasting Corp., Domino’s Pizza and Hyundai Kia, Havas said in a statement”
Today we find out the boycott has spread to the US. According to USA Today AT&T and Verizon have now joined the boycott:
AT&T said that it is halting all ad spending on Google except for search ads. That means AT&T ads will not run on YouTube or two million websites that take part in Google’s ad network.
An AT&T company statement said:
“We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate,” the company said in an emailed statement. “Until Google can ensure this won’t happen again, we are removing our ads from Google’s non-search platforms.”
Look at screenshot above. Will Fiat Chrysler be next?