Dozens of well-known companies discovered recently that they are funding terrorist groups and right-wing organizations via YouTube. Meanwhile, Disney’s Maker Studios decided to sever its ties with a popular Swedish YouTube personality because of his anti-Semitic remarks.
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YouTube is currently in the middle of several scandals. Recently, dozens of well-known companies surprisingly discovered that not only are their ads featured before videos uploaded by terrorist groups but that they are directly funding these groups.
The companies’ funds were sent to terrorist organizations and right-wing groups that were able to upload their videos to YouTube via various loopholes. The London Times was the first to report about the phenomenon, which is sparking harsh criticism.
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Another YouTube scandal involves Disney after the brand dropped YouTube star PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) after he made a series of anti-Semitic remarks in several videos. PewDiePie is followed by more than 53 million fans.
In response, PewDiePie claimed that his YouTube videos are intentionally provocative and that these remarks were only jokes. However, Disney, whose founder was accused of being anti-Semitic on several occasions, is refusing to take any chances with the YouTube star.