It takes only minutes on YouTube to find ads from major brands next to hateful videos promoting extremism and racism.
Though the issue has been longstanding, a global brand boycott of the platform has been gathering steam. It’s now reached Australia, with Telstra and Foxtel swearing off YouTube. At least, for now.
As first reported by Fairfax Media, the Australian arms of Vodafone and Nestlé have also joined the boycott.
A spokesperson for the cable TV provider Foxtel said the company is “actively engaged with Google” to ensure its ads are not run next to offensive content, but it still suspended advertising until the issue is resolved. …