By now everyone has heard of the so-called exodus of a number of major corporations from Google/Youtube.
Sample article about this from the UK’s Guardian:
“THE DECISION BY VODAFONE, SKY, HSBC, LLOYDS AND ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND TO SUSPEND THEIR ADS, OR REVIEW WHETHER TO DO SO, FOLLOWS ACTION LAST WEEK BY OTHER BRANDS. THEY INCLUDE MCDONALD’S, L’ORÉAL, AUDI, SAINSBURY’S, ARGOS AND THE BBC. GOVERNMENT SPENDING HAS ALSO BEEN SUSPENDED WHILE TESCO IS UNDERSTOOD TO HAVE “PAUSED” SPENDING ON YOUTUBE.”
But what is really going on here? See above for a quick survey of the actual advertisers up in arms over what they claim are “extremist” videos where they “had no idea their ads were appearing”… One wonders at the superficiality of these companies suddenly deciding to grow a conscience and take a look at where their ads are actually going. Really? Do you think that these companies and their advertising agencies actually had no idea where their ads are going? And are the videos they are objecting to actually “promoting hate and terrorism” or is this a move to further censor alternative points of view and content? The link between advertising and mind control is widely known.
The recent move by companies to show sudden “concern” originated primarily in the UK and Europe according to the various mainstream news outlets reporting on the story. And at least the Financial Times article here seems to indicate that other than a few major U.S. companies such as AT&T, American advertisers are not jumping that eagerly on the bandwagon calling for Google/Youtube to expand it’s ‘safeguards’ on offensive, hate or violence advocating videos. In reality however, the attack is on the youtube creators (by refusing to monetize so-called offensive videos). And where does this push stop and who determines what is ‘offensive’ and what is not? And which videos are going to be rolled into this move to censor the creators by way of ‘hitting them where it hurts’?…