ISIS likes to make videos. They make propaganda films, videos of brainwashed terrorist summer camps, and despicable beheading videos. Normally, ISIS videos are condemned and verbally attacked for their barbarism and repulsive display of terroristic murders.
Other than state sponsors of terror or other terrorists, one would not imagine anyone would sponsor them in any way, shape, or form. However, a few big American companies may have unwittingly lent their ads to terrorists.
According to CNN Money, as potential ISIS recruits were waiting for a Jihadi YouTube training video or Allahu Akbar records, they were treated to commercials telling them that Secret was “strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.” There were also Budweiser frogs and Jennifer Aniston promoting Aveeno. If singular videos were not bad enough, some of the videos were part of an “ongoing series produced by ISIS,” says terrorist analyst Mubin Shaikh.
You see, to keep platforms like YouTube free, they sell and embed ads into each video that is posted. However, Coca Cola, Aveeno, and others do not have direct control over what their ads get attached to. According to legal analyst Danny Cevallos, some of these companies will not be too thrilled to see their ads seemingly endorsing Islamist terrorists.
“From a contract perspective, these corporations that are paying lots of money to get YouTube clicks may not be that pleased when they find out that their video is placed right before an ISIS recruitment video.”
The thing is that some videos may not be flagged for “inciting violence.” Thus, they can get approved for the ads. However, most ISIS videos, like the one showing children training at an ISIS camp, often get taken down. So, far two companies have spoken out about the situation. Anheuser-Busch said they were unaware of the ads being tied to ISIS videos.
“We have strict guidelines with our media partners that govern when and how our ads appear. We are working with YouTube and our media buying agency, Mediacom, to understand and rectify the matter.”
Proctor and Gamble are not listed as being unaware of the situation, but they did say they are working on seeing how the ads ended up attached to ISIS videos.
“Our ads should not have appeared and we’re working with YouTube to understand how it happened and to avoid it happening again.”
Johnson and Johnson, another company affected by the ads that inadvertently endorse terror, has yet to respond.
Acccording to Fox 17, YouTube says they are careful on which videos they attach ads, but admit that some situations slip through the cracks. With 300 hours of video a minute uploaded, it is not hard to see how this happens.
Strangely enough, this did not bring as much ire as the ISIS SNL skit. According to the Inquisitr, there was quite the uproar.
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