Google has failed to remove anti-Semitic content that exists YouTube. The move is against its own guidelines. It’s against the law to post anti-Semitic content in the UK. This has caused Havas to pull hundreds of UK clients out of Google’s advertising network.
Havas is one of the world’s biggest advertising agencies. The advertising agency pulled the UK clients after learning in The Times that taxpayers and big brands were not willing to fund extremists through advertising. Several other brands have also withdrawn their business. Google seems to be okay with hate speech since in countries like the U.S. it’s not against the law. A closer look shows that more than 200 anti-Semitic videos are hosted on YouTube. Some of the video were uploaded years ago. Some of the videos suggest that anti-Semites may profit from well-known brands.
Google is being condemned in the UK. There has been calls for websites to be fined if they don’t remove extremist material. Those who post videos receive up to $7.60 per 1,000 views that an ad attracts. Most popular extremist videos have nearly one million views. In the UK, brands such as BBC, McDonald’s and Audi joined advertisers including the Cabinet Office, Transport for London, L’Oréal, Sainsbury’s and Channel 4 in suspending advertising with YouTube. Havas spends about £35 million with Google each year in Britain. The agency represents O2, Royal Mail and Domino’s.
The agency removed all Google advertising, saying it had a duty to protect its clients’ reputations.
Research done by The Times found more than 200 anti-Semitic videos on YouTube. But there are more than that. The videos promote stereotypes. Some suggest that Jews control banks, media and politicians, for profit and keep white people as. Some glorify the Nazis and deny the Holocaust or perpetuate the blood libel that Jews kill Christian children. Some of the videos were promoted by extremists such as David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, while others are narrated by unidentified racists.
Six anti-Semitic videos were reported to YouTube. However, the site failed to remove them within the 24-hour period mandated by EU regulations. Only four were taken down after YouTube was contacted. One of the videos that was removed claimed the
Jews killed gentile children every year at Passover and sold their bodies to McDonald’s for burger meat.
The video had gained almost a million views. However, it was posted on the site four years ago. That amounted to £5,600 in advertising revenue. Google said that it believes in the right for people to express views that people find objectionable and that it does not tolerate hate speech. They have clear policies against inciting violence or hatred and that it removes content that breaks its rules or is illegal. Irelies on the public to report offensive YouTube content because it cannot police the site proactively, given the quantity of footage it hosts.
Google and other big technology companies signed up to a European Commission code of conduct, promising to review most items flagged as hate speech within 24 hours of notification and to remove offending content. Google says that it reviews 98 per cent of flagged videos within 24 hours.
The Google ads withdrawn include: Havas advertising agency, The U.K Cabinet Office, BBC, McDonald’s, Audi, L’Oréal, Sainsbury’s, Transport for London, The Financial Conduct Authority, Channel 4 and The Guardian.