The RSPB pulls ads from right-wing, global-warming hoax sites

Right wing ads

Great news to report – the UK’s largest nature conservation charity the RSPB yesterday tweeted us to say that they will no longer display their Google ads on the likes of certain right wing extremist and global-warming denier websites.

This comes after Don’t Fund Hate tweeted the RSPB to make them aware of their likely unknown blunder. The RSPB responded that this was a likely algorithm error with the setup of their online ads, and that they will indeed be blacklisting the “hateful” sites we’d made them aware of.
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The Sun Violates Google’s AdSense Programme Policy – So Why Aren’t They Banned?

Adult ads on The Sun

Time and time again The Sun’s website have been in violation of Google’s advertising policy here , so why is it that they are able to continue to run Google’s adverts on their site?

Google Adsense guidelines
Google’s AdSense Policy Guidelines

So from the above screenshot, we’d particularly like to highlight the following elements of the policy:

Pornography, adult or mature content

It doesn’t take us long to find the following content on The Sun’s website:

Adult adverts on The Sun website
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Google funding the Sandy Hook hoax websites

Google ads Sandy Hook

There’s been a lot of movement on social media and in the news today regarding Sandy Hook, the Elementary School shooting in which 20 children died in 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The reason for the revival of this tragic event? The fact that Alex Jones, the Infowars conspiracy theorist, has been interviewed by NBC anchor Megyn Kelly.

The decision to give any kind of airtime and stage for the likes of Alex Jones to vent his theories, on such a mainstream platform such as NBC, has rightly angered many people – including those families of the victims, as you’d imagine. JP Morgan Chase have pulled their adverts from NBC News until after the interview gets aired on 18th June, and many other organisations (and people) have announced their outrage at the network’s channel to allow the interview to air.

Reverting back to the Google Display Network, as we often do here at Don’t Fund Hate, we can find many “Sandy Hook hoax” websites which are continuing to spread the word that the tragedy was indeed a hoax, as some part of a wider conspiracy theory. These websites were all accepted onto the Google Display Network, and which are all generating advertising revenue thanks to Google.
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Vodafone block ads from hateful and fake news style websites

Vodafone blocking adverts

Vodafone Group today announced that they have taken the decision to block their ads from “hate speech and fake news outlets worldwide”, a great decision which we hope will prompt many other leading brands to follow suit.

Here’s what the telecommunications giant had to say on their website:

Vodafone today announced new global rules intended to prevent its advertising from appearing within outlets focused on creating and sharing hate speech and fake news. The update to the Group’s existing policy on advertising transparency and integrity is set out below. The new rules – which are now in effect – include Vodafone’s definition of hate speech and fake news for the purposes of determining whether or not a particular outlet should carry Vodafone advertising. There is no change to Vodafone’s policy on network access to the outlets in question.
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