Paul P. Murphy, Kaya Yurieff, and Gianluca Mezzofiore, reporting for CNN:
Ads from over 300 companies and organizations — including tech
giants, major retailers, newspapers and government agencies — ran
on YouTube channels promoting white nationalists, Nazis,
pedophilia, conspiracy theories and North Korean propaganda, a CNN
investigation has found.
Companies such as Adidas, Amazon, Cisco, Facebook, Hershey,
Hilton, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Netflix, Nordstrom and Under Armour may
have unknowingly helped finance some of these channels via the
advertisements they paid for on Google-owned YouTube.
US tax dollars may have gone to the channels, too. Ads from five
US government agencies, such as the Department of Transportation
and Centers for Disease Control, appeared on the channels.