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AT&T pulls all ads from YouTube amid pedophilia controversy • CNBC
Todd Haselton and Sara Salinas:
<p>"Until Google can protect our brand from offensive content of any kind, we are removing all advertising from YouTube," an AT&T spokesperson told CNBC. The company originally pulled its entire ad spend from YouTube in 2017 after revelations that its ads were appearing alongside offensive content, including terrorist content, but resumed advertising in January.

On Wednesday, Nestle and "Fortnite" maker Epic Games pulled some advertising. Disney reportedly also paused its ads.

There's no evidence that AT&T ads ran before any of the videos brought into question by recent reports. Advertisers such as Grammarly and Peloton, which did see their ads placed alongside the videos, told CNBC they were in conversations with YouTube to resolve the issue.

YouTube declined to comment on any specific advertisers, but said in a statement on Wednesday, "Any content — including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube. We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments."

Also on Thursday, AdWeek <a href="">obtained a memo YouTube sent to advertisers</a> that outlines immediate changes YouTube says it's making in an effort to protect its younger audience.

YouTube said it is suspending comments on millions of videos that "could be subject to predatory comments."</p>

Peloton and Grammarly seem to be a bit lacklustre about something that is a serious breach of ethics. YouTube <em>enables</em> this stuff. Its algorithms <em>make it easier</em> because, as Ben Thompson pointed out, none of the people doing this is going to report it - so self-reporting fails.
youtube  paedophilia  adverts  machinelearning 
8 weeks ago by charlesarthur
Depth Control — Bokeh’d — Apple - YouTube
Cheeky Apple advert: “Did you bokeh my child?”. Interesting that there are three characters when there could have been only two.
adverts  via_top 
9 weeks ago by metaproof
It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads - Recode
Last Monday, we wrote: “No data collected through Portal — even call log data or app usage data, like the fact that you listened to Spotify — will be used to target users with ads on Facebook.”

We wrote that because that’s what we were told by Facebook executives.

But Facebook has since reached out to change its answer: Portal doesn’t have ads, but data about who you call and data about which apps you use on Portal can be used to target you with ads on other Facebook-owned properties.
privacy  facebook  adverts 
october 2018 by libbymiller
It turns out that Facebook could in fact use data collected from its Portal in-home video device to target you with ads • Recode
Kurt Wagner:
<p>Last Monday, we wrote: “No data collected through Portal — even call log data or app usage data, like the fact that you listened to Spotify — will be used to target users with ads on Facebook.”

We wrote that because that’s what we were told by Facebook executives.

But Facebook has since reached out to change its answer: Portal doesn’t have ads, but data about who you call and data about which apps you use on Portal can be used to target you with ads on other Facebook-owned properties.

“Portal voice calling is built on the Messenger infrastructure, so when you make a video call on Portal, we collect the same types of information (i.e. usage data such as length of calls, frequency of calls) that we collect on other Messenger-enabled devices. We may use this information to inform the ads we show you across our platforms. Other general usage data, such as aggregate usage of apps, etc., may also feed into the information that we use to serve ads,” a spokesperson said in an email to Recode.

That isn’t very surprising, considering Facebook’s business model. The biggest benefit of Facebook owning a device in your home is that it provides the company with another data stream for its ad-targeting business.</p>

I'm shocked, shocked to learn that data collection for targeting ads is going on in this Facebook device.
facebook  portal  adverts 
october 2018 by charlesarthur
Roku is in the ad business, not the hardware business, says CEO • The Verge
Chris Welch:
<p>CEO Anthony Wood was frank and open about his company’s evolving business strategy in an interview on this week’s Vergecast. “We don’t really make money... we certainly don’t make enough money to support our engineering organization and our operations and the cost of money to run the Roku service,” he said. “That’s not paid for by the hardware. That’s paid for by our ad and content business.”

If you’ve got a Roku TV or streaming gadget, you’ve no doubt seen advertising for shows and apps plastered on the home screen. That’s some prime real estate. The shortcut buttons on the remote control — you know, with one or two that you’ll never use — are also paid placement. “It’s kind of an exchange of value. We help content distributors find customers, sign up customers, and promote their content, and we get paid for that.”

But it goes much deeper. Roku is learning fast as it hulks up its advertising operation, and now partially controls the ad infrastructure for some apps on its platform. So if you’re using an app like Crackle, some of the ads you’ll see are sold by Roku itself. <a href="">Business Insider recently reported</a> that “in some cases, Roku insists on selling 30 percent of a publisher’s ad inventory for an app if they want to be distributed on Roku devices.”

Netflix, Hulu, and other major streaming services are big enough that they don’t let Roku directly sell ads for their apps, but many smaller players do.</p>

Roku went public earlier this year, so it needs a message that it's got a reliable income stream. Certainly the hardware isn't priced for profit.
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july 2018 by charlesarthur
Digital ads are starting to feel psychic • The Outline
Oscar Schwartz:
<p>Earlier this year, my friend Max gave me a knife from Japan as a gift. That evening, as I was lying in bed looking at Instagram, I scrolled passed an ad of what looked like exactly the same knife. I did a double take, got out of bed, retrieved the knife from the kitchen and compared it to the one my screen—it was a perfect match, a Masomoto KS. I hadn’t Googled the knife, taken a picture of it, or event sent a text about it. The only interaction I had about the knife was face to face with Max when he gave it to me. This felt like more than a coincidence — it felt like I was being listened to.

Tega Brain and Sam Lavigne, two Brooklyn-based artists whose work explores the intersections of technology and society, have been hearing a lot of stories like mine. In June, they launched a website called <a href="">New Organs</a>, which collects first-hand accounts of these seemingly paranoiac moments. The website is comprised of a submission form that asks you to choose from a selection of experiences, like “my phone is eavesdropping on me” to “I see ads for things I dream about.” You’re then invited to write a few sentences outlining your experience and why you think it happened to you.</p>

Spooky, but even (sceptical) I can offer an explanation. Max is a friend of Oscar. They almost surely are connected with other on Facebook, or Instagram, or both. Max found the knife by searching, and chose to buy it. Instagram's system knows only that Max bought the knife, not that it was a gift. If Max likes the knife, perhaps Oscar likes the knife? Cue: advert. (Schwartz reaches this conclusion later on.)

Even though it's explicable, though, it's still creepy.
instagram  facebook  adverts 
july 2018 by charlesarthur
Facebook, Amazon, and hundreds of companies post targeted job ads that screen out older workers • Vox
Alexia Fernández Campbell:
<p>The plaintiffs argue that Amazon, T-Mobile, Ikea, Facebook, and hundreds of other companies target the ads so they are only seen by younger Facebook users.

The lawsuit revolves around Facebook’s unique business model, which lets advertisers micro-target the network’s users based on their interests, city, age, and other demographic information. In the past, equal rights advocates have sued Facebook for accepting ads that discriminate against consumers based on their religion, race, and gender.

Facebook has argued that the company is not legally responsible when other companies buy ads that violate the law. But in a new filing, the CWA has now added Facebook to its complaint as one of the companies accused of violating civil rights laws by targeting its own job ads to younger users.

Here is one ad Facebook posted, submitted by the plaintiffs, inviting users to a career fair with Facebook recruiters. The ads were visible only to users between the ages of 21 and 55:

<img src=“” width=“100%”>

<em>Facebook ad submitted as evidence in Bradley v. T-Mobile. US District Court for the Northern District of California</em>

Facebook has denied that these kinds of ads are a form of age discrimination.</p>

Very predictable that if there’s a way to discriminate, companies will use it.
Targeting  adverts  Facebook  lawsuit 
may 2018 by charlesarthur
A black hole for Internet advertisements – curl -sSL | bash.

This is a really interesting way to get rid of the adverts at home since it work at DNS scale.
dns  blocking  network  raspberry_pi  linux  adverts 
february 2018 by lpuerto
Podcast listeners really are the holy grail advertisers hoped they'd be • Wired
Miranda Katz:
<p>Apple’s Podcast Analytics feature finally became available last month, and [podcaster Misha] Euceph—along with podcasters everywhere—breathed a sigh of relief. Though it’s still early days, the numbers podcasters are seeing are highly encouraging.

Forget those worries that the podcast bubble would burst the minute anyone actually got a closer look: It seems like podcast listeners really are the hyper-engaged, super-supportive audiences that everyone hoped.

“I think some people had an apocalyptic fear that, ‘Oh my God, we're going to get this data and see no one’s listening,’” says Erik Diehn, CEO of Midroll Media. Thanks to surveys and data from Stitcher, Midroll’s distribution platform, the podcast network had long felt confident that a nightmare scenario was unlikely—and now thanks to Podcast Analytics, Diehn says, it’s finally indisputable fact. On average, according to Midroll’s data, podcast listeners are making it through about 90% of a given episode, and relatively few are skipping through ads.</p>

A sort-of captive audience, and prepared to listen at length.
Podcast  adverts 
february 2018 by charlesarthur
Dear Google: please stop using my advertising dollars to monetize hate speech • Quartz
John Ellis:
<p>My company sponsors online hate speech, fake news and racist propaganda. It’s not that we are trying to—and given the small budget of the engineering company I run, my contribution may only amount to pennies a month. But in total, online advertising accounts for tens of billions of dollars annually, so even tiny percentages mean millions of dollars directed from the bank accounts of advertisers to the pockets of Holocaust deniers, Sandy Hook hoaxers and promoters of vile, racist content.

The reason advertisers like me inadvertently sponsor and monetize hate speech is that ad-tech companies like Google have partnerships with publishers who allow and promote this type of content. And unless advertisers proactively identify and block objectionable sites as I try to do, their ads may appear there.

(Editors Note: In the time since Quartz first reviewed this article for publication, some of the sites pictured below have stopped running advertising, but similar sites have cropped up running the same juxtapositions of hate speech and advertising delivered via Google products.)</p>

Whack-a-mole on both sides.
google  adverts 
january 2018 by charlesarthur

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