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 […]

YouTube Ran Ads From 20th Century Fox Film, Other Top Brands on White Supremacist Channels

Ads for hundreds of companies and organizations, including 20th Century Fox Film, Netflix, Amazon, Adidas, Facebook and Under Armour, have appeared on YouTube channels belonging to Nazis, white nationalists and other extremists, according to a CNN study.

Ads for more than 300 companies and organizations ran on extremist-produced content, including U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Transportation and Centers for Disease Control. According to CNN, most those that responded to requests for comment said the placements happened without their knowledge, and that they were conducting investigations to find out why.

YouTube told CNN in a statement that it has “partnered with our advertisers to make significant changes to how we approach monetization on YouTube with stricter policies, better controls and greater transparency.”

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“When we find that ads mistakenly ran against content that doesn’t comply with our policies, we immediately remove those ads,” the statement continued. “We know that even when videos meet our advertiser friendly guidelines, not all videos will be appropriate for all brands. But we are committed to working with our advertisers and getting this right.”

YouTube did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

According to CNN, ads for 20th Century Fox Film appeared on a Nazi YouTube channel that has since been deleted for violating the platform’s rules against spreading hate speech. “YouTube has once again failed to correctly filter channels out of our marketing buys,” a 20th Century Fox Film spokesperson told CNN.

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Under Armour, whose commercials ran on another white nationalist channel, says the ad placement happened despite “values-led guidelines in place.” The company told CNN that it is pausing ad-buys on YouTube until the problem is fixed.

“We have strong values-led guidelines in place and are working with YouTube to understand how this could have slipped through the guardrails. We take these matters very seriously and are working to rectify this immediately,” Under Armour said in a statement to CNN.

Amazon, Facebook and Netflix also provided statements to CNN emphasizing that the ad placements were accidents and that they are working with Google to find out what happened.

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This isn’t the first time YouTube has had an issue with ads appearing on channels promoting extremist views and hate speech. In March last year, an investigation by the Times of London found that content from brands like McDonalds, Disney and L’Oreal appeared as mid-roll or banner ads on extremist videos.

Earlier this year, YouTube changed the requirements for channels to earn money from advertising as part of an effort to “prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing.”

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Ads for hundreds of companies and organizations, including 20th Century Fox Film, Netflix, Amazon, Adidas, Facebook and Under Armour, have appeared on YouTube channels belonging to Nazis, white nationalists and other extremists, according to a CNN study.

Ads for more than 300 companies and organizations ran on extremist-produced content, including U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Transportation and Centers for Disease Control. According to CNN, most those that responded to requests for comment said the placements happened without their knowledge, and that they were conducting investigations to find out why.

YouTube told CNN in a statement that it has “partnered with our advertisers to make significant changes to how we approach monetization on YouTube with stricter policies, better controls and greater transparency.”

“When we find that ads mistakenly ran against content that doesn’t comply with our policies, we immediately remove those ads,” the statement continued. “We know that even when videos meet our advertiser friendly guidelines, not all videos will be appropriate for all brands. But we are committed to working with our advertisers and getting this right.”

YouTube did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

According to CNN, ads for 20th Century Fox Film appeared on a Nazi YouTube channel that has since been deleted for violating the platform’s rules against spreading hate speech. “YouTube has once again failed to correctly filter channels out of our marketing buys,” a 20th Century Fox Film spokesperson told CNN.

Under Armour, whose commercials ran on another white nationalist channel, says the ad placement happened despite “values-led guidelines in place.” The company told CNN that it is pausing ad-buys on YouTube until the problem is fixed.

“We have strong values-led guidelines in place and are working with YouTube to understand how this could have slipped through the guardrails. We take these matters very seriously and are working to rectify this immediately,” Under Armour said in a statement to CNN.

Amazon, Facebook and Netflix also provided statements to CNN emphasizing that the ad placements were accidents and that they are working with Google to find out what happened.

This isn’t the first time YouTube has had an issue with ads appearing on channels promoting extremist views and hate speech. In March last year, an investigation by the Times of London found that content from brands like McDonalds, Disney and L’Oreal appeared as mid-roll or banner ads on extremist videos.

Earlier this year, YouTube changed the requirements for channels to earn money from advertising as part of an effort to “prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing.”

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FuboTV Raises $75 Million From AMC, Fox for Sports-Focused Online Streaming

Sports-focused online streamer FuboTV has raised $75 million, led by AMC and 21st Century Fox, in its latest round of funding, the company announced on Wednesday.

The New York-based company has 100,000 paying customers, with its basic package starting off at $45 a month. FuboTV has about 80 channels in its arsenal, and has carved out a niche as a go-to spot for sports fans looking to cut the cord, with NBA TV, NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports, and the NFL Network — along with Fox, CBS, and NBC on the network side. Its streamed the World Series, Super Bowl, and Winter Olympics in the last year.

“This latest capital raise underlines a seismic shift in viewing behavior as consumers migrate from traditional platforms to streaming television,” said David Gandler, fuboTV CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “The pay TV space is experiencing a renaissance, and the company will use this investment to continue to drive technological advancement in video quality and latency, machine learning and predictive analytics to deliver a best-in-class experience.”

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After its fourth round of funding, FuboTV has raised $150 million. The company raised $55 million in Series C funding last June. The company did not share its valuation as part of its announcement.

FuboTV said the cash infusion will be used to hire more engineers and invest in more content. With stiff competition from YouTube, Sling TV, and Hulu, the company could be looking to land deals with networks like ABC. Its app is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices.

A look at FuboTV’s full investors for its Series D: 21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Luminari Capital, Northzone, Sky and the former Scripps Networks Interactive (recently acquired by Discovery, Inc.). Investors also include DCM Ventures, i2bf, LionTree Partners, Univision Communications Inc., Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (former Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group), Chris Silbermann (founding partner, ICM Partners) and former NBA Commissioner David Stern.

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Sports-focused online streamer FuboTV has raised $75 million, led by AMC and 21st Century Fox, in its latest round of funding, the company announced on Wednesday.

The New York-based company has 100,000 paying customers, with its basic package starting off at $45 a month. FuboTV has about 80 channels in its arsenal, and has carved out a niche as a go-to spot for sports fans looking to cut the cord, with NBA TV, NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports, and the NFL Network — along with Fox, CBS, and NBC on the network side. Its streamed the World Series, Super Bowl, and Winter Olympics in the last year.

“This latest capital raise underlines a seismic shift in viewing behavior as consumers migrate from traditional platforms to streaming television,” said David Gandler, fuboTV CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “The pay TV space is experiencing a renaissance, and the company will use this investment to continue to drive technological advancement in video quality and latency, machine learning and predictive analytics to deliver a best-in-class experience.”

After its fourth round of funding, FuboTV has raised $150 million. The company raised $55 million in Series C funding last June. The company did not share its valuation as part of its announcement.

FuboTV said the cash infusion will be used to hire more engineers and invest in more content. With stiff competition from YouTube, Sling TV, and Hulu, the company could be looking to land deals with networks like ABC. Its app is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices.

A look at FuboTV’s full investors for its Series D: 21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Luminari Capital, Northzone, Sky and the former Scripps Networks Interactive (recently acquired by Discovery, Inc.). Investors also include DCM Ventures, i2bf, LionTree Partners, Univision Communications Inc., Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (former Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group), Chris Silbermann (founding partner, ICM Partners) and former NBA Commissioner David Stern.

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YouTuber Mars Argo Accuses Ex-Partner of ‘Severe Emotional and Psychological Abuse’ in Lawsuit

YouTube personality Mars Argo has filed a lawsuit against her former romantic and creative partner, accusing him of “severe emotional and psychological abuse” and causing her to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap.

The suit also accuses the former collaborator of creating a knockoff of the Mars Argo character, infringing on her copyright.

In the suit filed Tuesday in federal court in California, Mars Argo, whose real name is Brittany Sheets, said she met Titanic Sinclair (whose real name is Corey Mixter, according to the papers) and struck up both a romantic and creative relationship with him, releasing more than 90 videos on their YouTube channel.

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However, the suit says, as Mars Argo’s popularity grew, “Ms. Sheets was living a nightmare and, behind closed doors, she was enduring severe emotional and psychological abuse and manipulation from Mr. Mixter.”

According to the suit, Sheets broke up with Mixter after confronting him “about his recurrent infidelity” in 2014, but continued to work with him professionally. Following the breakup, the suit says, Mixter “began to repeatedly harass, stalk, threaten, and abuse Ms. Sheets, including – but not limited to – threatening to commit suicide, repeatedly showing up unannounced at Ms. Sheets’ doorstep, breaking into her apartment, stalking her every move on social media, disparaging her to mutual friends, acquaintances, or others in the industry, and even physically assaulting her.”

Later in the year, the suit says, Sheets decided to stop producing new content with Mixter as well, but his “intimidation only intensified.” According to the suit, Mixter broke into Sheets’ apartment multiple times, and demeaned her on social media, calling her a “complete nutcase,” evil” and “a compulsive liar,” and claiming that he “invented” Mars Argo.

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“As a result of Mr. Mixter’s actions, Ms. Sheets has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, for which she has received regular treatment,” the suit reads.

The suit says that, around the time that Mixter was “actively harassing” Sheets, he “calculatedly transformed another woman, Moriah Rose Pereira — known by the stage name ‘ThatPoppy’ or ‘Poppy’ or ‘I’m Poppy’ (collectively, ‘Poppy’) — into a Mars Argo knockoff.” Among the numerous similarities alleged in the suit, Pereira’s hair was dyed “a specific platinum blonde” and she started to alter her voice to a higher pitch “to mimic Mars Argo’s distinctive speaking voice.”

“From November 2014 to the present, through the Poppy project, Mr. Mixter and Ms. Pereira as Poppy, deliberately copied Mars Argo’s identity, likeness, expression of ideas, sound, style, and aesthetic in YouTube segments, music videos, live performances, internet videos, and other performances or shows,” the suit reads.

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TheWrap has reached out to representatives for Titanic Sinclair and Poppy for comment.

Alleging copyright infringement and other counts, the suit is seeking unspecified damages, and a domestic violence restraining order against Mixter.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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YouTube personality Mars Argo has filed a lawsuit against her former romantic and creative partner, accusing him of “severe emotional and psychological abuse” and causing her to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, according to court papers obtained by TheWrap.

The suit also accuses the former collaborator of creating a knockoff of the Mars Argo character, infringing on her copyright.

In the suit filed Tuesday in federal court in California, Mars Argo, whose real name is Brittany Sheets, said she met Titanic Sinclair (whose real name is Corey Mixter, according to the papers) and struck up both a romantic and creative relationship with him, releasing more than 90 videos on their YouTube channel.

However, the suit says, as Mars Argo’s popularity grew, “Ms. Sheets was living a nightmare and, behind closed doors, she was enduring severe emotional and psychological abuse and manipulation from Mr. Mixter.”

According to the suit, Sheets broke up with Mixter after confronting him “about his recurrent infidelity” in 2014, but continued to work with him professionally. Following the breakup, the suit says, Mixter “began to repeatedly harass, stalk, threaten, and abuse Ms. Sheets, including – but not limited to – threatening to commit suicide, repeatedly showing up unannounced at Ms. Sheets’ doorstep, breaking into her apartment, stalking her every move on social media, disparaging her to mutual friends, acquaintances, or others in the industry, and even physically assaulting her.”

Later in the year, the suit says, Sheets decided to stop producing new content with Mixter as well, but his “intimidation only intensified.” According to the suit, Mixter broke into Sheets’ apartment multiple times, and demeaned her on social media, calling her a “complete nutcase,” evil” and “a compulsive liar,” and claiming that he “invented” Mars Argo.

“As a result of Mr. Mixter’s actions, Ms. Sheets has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, for which she has received regular treatment,” the suit reads.

The suit says that, around the time that Mixter was “actively harassing” Sheets, he “calculatedly transformed another woman, Moriah Rose Pereira — known by the stage name ‘ThatPoppy’ or ‘Poppy’ or ‘I’m Poppy’ (collectively, ‘Poppy’) — into a Mars Argo knockoff.” Among the numerous similarities alleged in the suit, Pereira’s hair was dyed “a specific platinum blonde” and she started to alter her voice to a higher pitch “to mimic Mars Argo’s distinctive speaking voice.”

“From November 2014 to the present, through the Poppy project, Mr. Mixter and Ms. Pereira as Poppy, deliberately copied Mars Argo’s identity, likeness, expression of ideas, sound, style, and aesthetic in YouTube segments, music videos, live performances, internet videos, and other performances or shows,” the suit reads.

TheWrap has reached out to representatives for Titanic Sinclair and Poppy for comment.

Alleging copyright infringement and other counts, the suit is seeking unspecified damages, and a domestic violence restraining order against Mixter.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Hulu Gets Into The Game, Announces It Will Sponsor NBA Playoffs on TNT

Hulu borrowed a promotional page from YouTube, announcing it will sponsor the NBA playoff games on TNT to promote its live TV service.
Under its partnership with Turner Sports, Hulu’s name will be displayed during the three rounds of playoff games. The streaming service also will run ads, including those featuring NBA on TNT’s talent, touting Hulu with Live TV.
Last month, YouTube announced it would be a presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals in a multiyear deal with the…

Hulu borrowed a promotional page from YouTube, announcing it will sponsor the NBA playoff games on TNT to promote its live TV service. Under its partnership with Turner Sports, Hulu’s name will be displayed during the three rounds of playoff games. The streaming service also will run ads, including those featuring NBA on TNT’s talent, touting Hulu with Live TV. Last month, YouTube announced it would be a presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals in a multiyear deal with the…

Watch 11-Year-Old Yodeler Mason Ramsey Yodel His Little Heart Out for Ellen (Video)

Yodel-Ay-Hee-Ho! Eleven-year-old yodeler and YouTube sensation Mason Ramsey performed on “Ellen” Tuesday, when host Ellen DeGeneres surprised the local Walmart star with a couple of incredible gifts.

Mason told the talk show host that his dream — like most country music stars — is to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Well, guess where he’s now booked on Saturday?

Yeah, Ellen’s got friends in high places, Garth Brooks-style.

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Additionally, the small-town kid who would someday like to go to college (and then Florida, and then move into a mobile home, we think?) was gifted with $15,000 in scholarship money. Damn generous of you, Walmart.

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Yodel-Ay-Hee-Ho! Eleven-year-old yodeler and YouTube sensation Mason Ramsey performed on “Ellen” Tuesday, when host Ellen DeGeneres surprised the local Walmart star with a couple of incredible gifts.

Mason told the talk show host that his dream — like most country music stars — is to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Well, guess where he’s now booked on Saturday?

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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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