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Monday, March 05, 2018

A new group of companies suspended some of their YouTube advertising after finding out that ads were appearing over conspiracy theory videos peddled by radio show host Alex Jones on various InfoWars-related YouTube channels. According to a CNN report, companies including Nike, Expedia, Paramount Network, Wix, ClassPass, the Mormon Church, and the NRA have suspended ads on InfoWars channels after being made aware by CNN that their ads were running over conspiracy theory videos.

Many of the companies involved claim that they had no idea their ads were running over InfoWars content, and many say they used YouTube's advertiser tools in the hope of keeping their ads off such content. ...

This controversy comes after The Alex Jones Channel reportedly received a content strike from YouTube after promoting conspiracy theory videos claiming that David Hogg, a survivor of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was a coached "crisis actor."



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I was in and out today, but heard the tail end of a conversation where the contention was that YouTube has some sort of "special" exemption for copyrighted material (songs, movies, etc.) because they allow everyone/anyone to post.

However now that they are censoring certain people, their special exemption could be challenged in court.

Anyone hear of this?

#1 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-03-05 06:54 PM | Reply

Anyone hear of this?

Anything can be challenged in court as long as a judge will hear it.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-03-05 06:57 PM | Reply

@#1 ... that YouTube has some sort of "special" exemption for copyrighted material (songs, movies, etc.) ...

I doubt if there is such an exemption, as I've seen both videos and songs be taken down because of copyright issues.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-03-05 07:40 PM | Reply

LAMP -- Yes, I know of things that have been taken down for copyright issues. Since I did not hear the context of the interview, I was curious if there was anything to it or whether I had heard correctly.

#4 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-03-05 09:02 PM | Reply


As best as I recall, there is some manner of legal precedent for what you say, but I suspect it does not apply to copyrighted material. It probably relies upon the posted material being original to the poster. {shrug}

I did a quick spin through google, but I couldn't come up with the correct set of words to encourage google to find the answer.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-03-05 09:17 PM | Reply

Alex Jones is too extreme for the NRA? That certainly says something.

#6 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-03-06 08:20 PM | Reply

frickin gay frogs!

#7 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-03-06 08:30 PM | Reply


#8 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-03-06 08:31 PM | Reply

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