J&J latest to suspend ads from YouTube over offensive videos

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 23, 2017 8:50 AM

(Reuters) - U.S. healthcare conglomerate Johnson & Johnson <JNJ.N> became the latest company to suspend all digital advertising on Google's YouTube, over concerns that its ads may have appeared on channels that broadcast offensive videos.

Wireless carriers Verizon <VZ.N> and AT&T <T.N> said on Wednesday they would suspend digital advertising on YouTube, joining a list of well-known British brands such as retailer Marks and Spencer Group Plc <MKS.L> deserting Alphabet Inc's <GOOGL.O> Google.

J&J said it wanted to ensure that its product advertising did not appear on channels that promote "offensive content." (http://bit.ly/2nqZNJD)

Google has come under fire for ads appearing alongside videos on YouTube carrying homophobic or anti-Semitic messages.

(Reporting by Natalie Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar)