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YouTube ads for hundreds of brands still running on extremist and white nationalist channels

It’s been more than a year since YouTube promised to improve controls over what content advertisers would find their ads in front of; eight months since it promised to demonetize “hateful” videos ; two months since it said it would downgrade offensive channels ; and yet CNN reports that ads from hundreds of major brands are still appearing as pre-rolls for actual Nazis. The ongoing failure to police billions of hours of content isn’t exactly baffling — this is a difficult problem to solve — but it is disappointing that YouTube seems to have repeatedly erred on the side of monetization. As with previous reports, CNN’s article shows that ads were running on channels that, if YouTube’s content rules are to be believed, should have been demonetized and demoted instantly: Nazis, pedophiles, extremists of the right, left, and everywhere in between. Maybe even Logan Paul. YouTube’s CEO promises stronger enforcement in the wake of controversies And the system appears to be working in strange ways: one screenshot shows a video by a self-avowed Nazi, entitled “David Duke on Harvey Weinstein exposing Jewish domination. Black/White genetic differences.” Below it a YouTube warning states that “certain features have been disabled for this video,” including comments and sharing, because of “content that may be inappropriate or offensive to some audiences.” A cheerful ad from Nissan is running ahead of this enlightening piece of media, and CNN notes that ads also ran on it coming from the Friends of Zion Museum and the Jewish National Fund! Ads from the Toy Association ran on the channel of a guy who argued for the decriminalization of pedophilia! I can’t really add anything to this. It’s so absurd I can barely believe it myself. Remember, this is after the company supposedly spent a year (at the very least) working to prevent this exact thing from happening. I left the headline in the present tense because I’m so certain that it’s still going on. The responsibility really is YouTube’s, and if it can’t live up to its own promises, companies are going to leave it behind rather than face viral videos of their logo smoothly fading into a swastika on the wall of some sad basement-dwelling bigot. “Subway — eat fresh! And now, some guy’s thoughts on genocide.” Some of the other brands that had ads run against offensive content: Amazon, Adidas, Cisco, Hilton, Hershey, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Netflix, Nordstrom, The Washington Post, The New York Times, 20th Century Fox Film, Under Armour, The Centers for Disease Control, Department of Transportation, Customs and Border Protection, Veterans Affairs and the US Coast Guard Academy.

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YouTube still has an ad problem

YouTube's problem with automated ads appearing on extremist channels isn't getting any better. A recent CNN investigation revealed that companies including Adidas, Amazon, Hershey, Netflix and Under Armour -- and even the US government -- had their a...

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Details Revealed For Atari’s New Console – Screen Rant

Screen Rant Details Revealed For Atari's New Console Screen Rant Atari has revealed some new details regarding its brand new console: Atari VCS (formerly called Ataribox). Aside from the sleek, vintage design and throwback joystick, there are some interesting bells and whistles integrated into the gaming company's ... and more »

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Sony announces Xperia XZ2 Premium with 5.8-inch 4K HDR display and dual cameras focusing on ultra-low-light performance, with photos of up to ISO…

Chris Welch / The Verge : Sony announces Xperia XZ2 Premium with 5.8-inch 4K HDR display and dual cameras focusing on ultra-low-light performance, with photos of up to ISO 51,200   —  ISO 51200 sensitivity  —  Less than two months after unveiling the Xperia XZ2 at Mobile World Congress, Sony is back again with the Xperia XZ2 Premium.

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China issues official national guidelines for testing of self-driving cars on public roads, including that a human must always be in the driver’s…

Adam Jourdan / Reuters : China issues official national guidelines for testing of self-driving cars on public roads, including that a human must always be in the driver's position   —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has laid out national guidelines for testing self-driving cars as it looks to keep pace with the United States …

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Amidst tariffs brawl with US, China is delaying reviews of Qualcomm’s NXP deal and Bain’s acquisition of Toshiba’s chip unit, raising fears both deals…

Wall Street Journal : Amidst tariffs brawl with US, China is delaying reviews of Qualcomm's NXP deal and Bain's acquisition of Toshiba's chip unit, raising fears both deals may fail   —  Qualcomm and Bain Capital are most at risk if the delays scuttle their respective deals  —  BEIJING—China is slowing reviews …

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Review of Macs’ eGPU support, new with macOS 10.13.4: performance gains are decent, especially for Metal, but support is limited to Thunderbolt 3 and…

Samuel Axon / Ars Technica : Review of Macs' eGPU support, new with macOS 10.13.4: performance gains are decent, especially for Metal, but support is limited to Thunderbolt 3 and AMD cards   —  Performance doesn't disappoint, but lack of strong software support does.  —  When Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 on March 29 …

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Some tech luminaries dismissed the internet in 1994 as immature tech that was useless or impractical, a cautionary tale for those who dismiss…

Steven Sinofsky / Learning By Shipping : Some tech luminaries dismissed the internet in 1994 as immature tech that was useless or impractical, a cautionary tale for those who dismiss blockchain today   —  What was it like in 1993/4 when the web was new?  Turns out the reaction at the time from luminaries was not far from today's reaction to innovation in Fintech.

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Silicon Valley insiders describe how the "growth at all costs" mindset undermined the dream of a networked utopia and led to resentment…

Noah Kulwin / New York Magazine : Silicon Valley insiders describe how the “growth at all costs” mindset undermined the dream of a networked utopia and led to resentment among users   —  Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created.  A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.

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Why Ashley Madison still isn’t dead – Mashable

Mashable Why Ashley Madison still isn't dead Mashable But while many predicted no chance of recovery and branding experts suggested the company must change its name, Ashley Madison surprisingly continues to live and even brandishes its same slogan: "Life is short. Have an affair." (despite dropping it in ... and more »

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