A new investigation has turned up evidence that a number of well-known companies — including Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Sandals Resorts — have inadvertently advertised on jihadist and other extremist websites, The New York Post reports.
“The ads appear on the sites of terror groups such as the Islamic State and the neo-Nazi Combat 18 — producing thousands of dollars in profit for the extremists, according to The Times of London,” the story reports. “One ad for Mercedes E-Class vehicles appears next to an ISIS YouTube video. The ad runs as a bar across the bottom of the screen as a jihadi song blares and the image of the ISIS flag is seen, the newspaper said.”
The investigation reportedly also found ads for Honda, Thomson Reuters, Halifax Bank and Liverpool University running with clips for the UK neo-Nazi group Combat 18.
“Google took down the videos once informed of the breach, but some of the clips may have provided ad revenue to punk bands whose music is heard in some of the videos,” The Post reports. “The juxtaposition of ads with terrorist videos raised concerns about whether companies could potentially be associated with the extremist content.”