YouTube Hit With Another Ad Scandal, Even as P&G Returns to the Platform

The timing is certainly awkward: Procter & Gamble, a top-spending marketer, announced that it’s resuming ad spending on YouTube — coming amid a new report the Google-owned video giant served ads for hundreds of advertisers against a ran…

The timing is certainly awkward: Procter & Gamble, a top-spending marketer, announced that it’s resuming ad spending on YouTube — coming amid a new report the Google-owned video giant served ads for hundreds of advertisers against a range of objectionable content. A year ago, news reports that YouTube was placing ads against violent and extremist […]

Google Expands Ad-Blocker-Aware Soft Paywall for Publishers

Google’s answer to ad blockers is simple: Just ask consumers to turn them off. Surprisingly, this seems to be working, at least for publishers that have participated in Google’s Ad Choices program. The initiative, which launched last June in beta, gives publishers technical tools to identify users who have ad blocking software enabled, and then […]

Google’s answer to ad blockers is simple: Just ask consumers to turn them off. Surprisingly, this seems to be working, at least for publishers that have participated in Google’s Ad Choices program. The initiative, which launched last June in beta, gives publishers technical tools to identify users who have ad blocking software enabled, and then […]

Warner Bros. Taps Google’s Michelle Slavich As EVP Global Publicity & Strategy

Michelle Slavich has been named Executive Vice President, Global Publicity and Strategy at Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Blair Rich, President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Slavich will report to Rich and starts work on May 29.
In this new role, Slavich will oversee domestic and international publicity and work proactively with her teams as well as the studio’s marketing senior brass to develop…

Michelle Slavich has been named Executive Vice President, Global Publicity and Strategy at Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Blair Rich, President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Slavich will report to Rich and starts work on May 29. In this new role, Slavich will oversee domestic and international publicity and work proactively with her teams as well as the studio’s marketing senior brass to develop…

Mitsubishi Drops Laura Ingraham as Advertiser Boycott Campaign Continues (Exclusive)

Mitsubishi has joined the list of companies pulling ads from Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show in response to a boycott campaign sparked by a recent tweet in which she insulted a Parkland shooting survivor.

“Mitsubishi Motors has removed its advertising on Laura Ingraham’s show and are monitoring all of our ad placements carefully,” the company told TheWrap.

The car company is at least the 24th sponsor to drop “The Ingraham Angle.”

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Ingraham has struggled to stem the exodus of advertisers amid the boycott campaign spearheaded by Parkland student David Hogg after she mocked him for “whining” about his rejection by several California colleges. Since the campaign began, most of her biggest sponsors, including meal kit delivery service Blue Apron, diet shake company SlimFast, Ace Hardware, and IBM have bailed.

In fact, “The Ingraham Angle” has seen its ad time cut roughly in half, with Tuesday night’s show featuring just 14 advertisers, including Visiting Angels, Sandals Resorts, Spectrum, MyPillow, Red Lobster, Gilead and Contrive, as well as a couple of local sponsors.

Ingraham did apologize for her comments about Hogg the day after she made them, but so far she has not directly addressed them, or the boycott, on her show. The closest she has come to acknowledging the matter on-air was a joke Monday night that she was “glad that I don’t have a Google alert on my own name.” The episode was her first back after taking a week-long vacation just as the boycott was gathering steam.

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Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Mitsubishi has joined the list of companies pulling ads from Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show in response to a boycott campaign sparked by a recent tweet in which she insulted a Parkland shooting survivor.

“Mitsubishi Motors has removed its advertising on Laura Ingraham’s show and are monitoring all of our ad placements carefully,” the company told TheWrap.

The car company is at least the 24th sponsor to drop “The Ingraham Angle.”

Ingraham has struggled to stem the exodus of advertisers amid the boycott campaign spearheaded by Parkland student David Hogg after she mocked him for “whining” about his rejection by several California colleges. Since the campaign began, most of her biggest sponsors, including meal kit delivery service Blue Apron, diet shake company SlimFast, Ace Hardware, and IBM have bailed.

In fact, “The Ingraham Angle” has seen its ad time cut roughly in half, with Tuesday night’s show featuring just 14 advertisers, including Visiting Angels, Sandals Resorts, Spectrum, MyPillow, Red Lobster, Gilead and Contrive, as well as a couple of local sponsors.

Ingraham did apologize for her comments about Hogg the day after she made them, but so far she has not directly addressed them, or the boycott, on her show. The closest she has come to acknowledging the matter on-air was a joke Monday night that she was “glad that I don’t have a Google alert on my own name.” The episode was her first back after taking a week-long vacation just as the boycott was gathering steam.

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Laura Ingraham Loses IBM as Advertiser Boycott Continues to Grow

Laura Ingraham’s mass exodus of advertisers is picking up steam, as IBM quietly pulled its advertising from “The Ingraham Angle.”

“IBM no longer advertises on the show you referenced,” a spokesman for the company told TheWrap.

The tech company becomes the 23rd sponsor to boycott the show in recent days.

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IBM ads were featured three times on Ingraham’s Fox News show between March 19 and March 28, according to a report by the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters.

Ingraham’s list of advertisers has dwindled significantly since the uproar began. After the “whining” tweet, “The Ingraham Angle” has had its ad time cut roughly in half, according to CNN. Tuesday night’s show featured advertisers including Visiting Angels, Experian, Sandals Resorts, Spectrum, Ovation Hair, Blue-Emu, MyPillow, Red Lobster, Gilead, WaxRX, WeatherTech, Contrave and a couple of local advertisers.

On Tuesday, meal kit delivery service Blue Apron said it was dropping Ingraham. The announcement came just hours after SlimFast said it was pulling its ads from the show. The diet shake company said it dropped Ingraham after one of its commercials aired on her show.

Also Read: SlimFast Is 21st Sponsor to Drop Laura Ingraham’s Show After David Hogg Uproar

The Fox News host returned from vacation Monday night, saying that she was “glad that I don’t have a Google alert on my own name” during a week in which several of her advertisers said they would be pulling their ads from her show after she mocked a Parkland school shooting survivor.

Ingraham is facing a boycott campaign started by Hogg on March 28, after she accused Hogg of “whining” over his rejection by several California colleges.

Ingraham didn’t mention the Hogg dispute on her subsequent shows, but on March 30, she announced she was taking a week off for what she called an Easter vacation with her family.

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Laura Ingraham’s mass exodus of advertisers is picking up steam, as IBM quietly pulled its advertising from “The Ingraham Angle.”

“IBM no longer advertises on the show you referenced,” a spokesman for the company told TheWrap.

The tech company becomes the 23rd sponsor to boycott the show in recent days.

IBM ads were featured three times on Ingraham’s Fox News show between March 19 and March 28, according to a report by the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters.

Ingraham’s list of advertisers has dwindled significantly since the uproar began. After the “whining” tweet, “The Ingraham Angle” has had its ad time cut roughly in half, according to CNN. Tuesday night’s show featured advertisers including Visiting Angels, Experian, Sandals Resorts, Spectrum, Ovation Hair, Blue-Emu, MyPillow, Red Lobster, Gilead, WaxRX, WeatherTech, Contrave and a couple of local advertisers.

On Tuesday, meal kit delivery service Blue Apron said it was dropping Ingraham. The announcement came just hours after SlimFast said it was pulling its ads from the show. The diet shake company said it dropped Ingraham after one of its commercials aired on her show.

The Fox News host returned from vacation Monday night, saying that she was “glad that I don’t have a Google alert on my own name” during a week in which several of her advertisers said they would be pulling their ads from her show after she mocked a Parkland school shooting survivor.

Ingraham is facing a boycott campaign started by Hogg on March 28, after she accused Hogg of “whining” over his rejection by several California colleges.

Ingraham didn’t mention the Hogg dispute on her subsequent shows, but on March 30, she announced she was taking a week off for what she called an Easter vacation with her family.

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‘Despacito,’ Drake, Katy Perry Videos Hacked on YouTube

“Despacito” fans were greeted with a rude awakening on Tuesday morning on YouTube, where the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee music video hit was briefly pulled from the site after hackers toyed with it.

The Spanish-language chart topper wasn’t the only music video impacted, either. Songs from Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris, Chris Brown, Drake, Katy Perry, Adele and Shakira were also hit by the hackers.

The videos were retitled with the culprits’ signature,  “Hacked by Prosox & Kuroi’sh.” The hackers targeted music syndicator Vevo, which carries some of the biggest videos on YouTube — including “Despacito,” the most watched clip in the site’s history. The video just passed the five-billion views threshold last week. Once hit on Vevo’s side, the hack became visible on YouTube.

“Vevo can confirm that a number of videos in its catalogue were subject to a security breach today, which has now been contained,” a company spokesperson told TheWrap, adding, “We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalogue to be restored to full working order. We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach.”

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A YouTube spokesperson stressed to TheWrap the hack was on Vevo’s end, and that the video giant pulled the clips while Vevo looked into the issue.

“After seeing unusual upload activity on a handful of VEVO channels, we worked quickly with our partner to disable access while they investigate the issue,” a YouTube spokesperson said.

Some of the videos were left unscathed, but others had their thumbnails replaced with a scene from the TV show “Money Heist,” with several of masked henchmen holding guns. When viewers went to watch “Despacito,” they were only able to see the gunmen and told the clip was unavailable.

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Several hacked clips included screenshot of gun-toting gang

Later on Tuesday morning, “Despacito” and the rest of the videos hit appeared to be back to normal.

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“Despacito” fans were greeted with a rude awakening on Tuesday morning on YouTube, where the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee music video hit was briefly pulled from the site after hackers toyed with it.

The Spanish-language chart topper wasn’t the only music video impacted, either. Songs from Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris, Chris Brown, Drake, Katy Perry, Adele and Shakira were also hit by the hackers.

The videos were retitled with the culprits’ signature,  “Hacked by Prosox & Kuroi’sh.” The hackers targeted music syndicator Vevo, which carries some of the biggest videos on YouTube — including “Despacito,” the most watched clip in the site’s history. The video just passed the five-billion views threshold last week. Once hit on Vevo’s side, the hack became visible on YouTube.

“Vevo can confirm that a number of videos in its catalogue were subject to a security breach today, which has now been contained,” a company spokesperson told TheWrap, adding, “We are working to reinstate all videos affected and our catalogue to be restored to full working order. We are continuing to investigate the source of the breach.”

A YouTube spokesperson stressed to TheWrap the hack was on Vevo’s end, and that the video giant pulled the clips while Vevo looked into the issue.

“After seeing unusual upload activity on a handful of VEVO channels, we worked quickly with our partner to disable access while they investigate the issue,” a YouTube spokesperson said.

Some of the videos were left unscathed, but others had their thumbnails replaced with a scene from the TV show “Money Heist,” with several of masked henchmen holding guns. When viewers went to watch “Despacito,” they were only able to see the gunmen and told the clip was unavailable.

Several hacked clips included screenshot of gun-toting gang

Later on Tuesday morning, “Despacito” and the rest of the videos hit appeared to be back to normal.

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Child Advocates Urge FTC To Investigate YouTube

Nearly two dozen child advocacy and consumer watchdog groups are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google for allegedly violating children’s privacy laws with its YouTube online video service.
A complaint argues that Google has made “substantial profits” gathering information about children — potentially tens of millions of them — and targeting these young YouTube users with advertising.
These groups, which include the Campaign for a Commercial-Free…

Nearly two dozen child advocacy and consumer watchdog groups are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google for allegedly violating children’s privacy laws with its YouTube online video service. A complaint argues that Google has made “substantial profits” gathering information about children — potentially tens of millions of them — and targeting these young YouTube users with advertising. These groups, which include the Campaign for a Commercial-Free…