Brands Suspend Advertising on X
At least manufacturers have decided to drop their brands and marketing on X, the platform previously called Twitter, following the revelation that their ads, along with those of other companies, were displayed alongside content promoting fascism and celebrating Hitler. The incident be fell rapidly after X CEO Linda Yaccarino emphasised the platform’s dedication to emblem protection for advertisers. The issue raises questions about the effectiveness of the platform’s content moderation and brand safety measures.
Discovery of Ads on Pro-Nazi Account
A report by the nonprofit news watchdog Media Matters for America expose that mainstream brands’ advertisements were feature on an account promoting pro-Nazi content. Brands along with Adobe, Gilead Sciences, the University of Maryland’s football team, New York University Langone Hospital and NCTA-The Internet and Television Association had their ads displayed alongside tweets from the pro-Nazi account. The content of the account celebrated Hitler and the Nazi Party, drawing outrage from the public.
In reaction to the report, NCTA and Gilead Sciences at once paused their advert spending on X. NCTA spokesperson Brian Dietz expressed concern about the placement of NCTA’s ads next to such disturbing content and announced that the organization would suspend advertising on X for the foreseeable future. Similarly, Gilead Sciences decided to pause its ad spending on X while the platform investigates the issue. Other manufacturers additionally expressed problem approximately their advertisements being related to objectionable content.
X’s Brand Safety Measures
X CEO Linda Yaccarino had recently highlighted the platform’s commitment to brand safety and its efforts to protect advertisers from having their ads appear alongside objectionable content. The platform had rolled out extra logo protection controls, together with keeping off advertisements subsequent to focused hate speech, sexual content, immoderate profanity, and more. Yaccarino had emphasized that ads would only appear next to appropriate content, signaling the platform’s efforts to improve brand safety.
Challenges and Future Steps
The incident underscores the challenges X faces in ensuring effective content moderation and brand safety. While the platform has take steps to prevent ads from appearing next to objectionable content, this incident highlights that there is still work to be done in achieving this goal. The exposure of ads alongside pro-Nazi content raises concerns about the platform’s ability to control where advertisers’ content is display. X’s commitment to expanding brand safety controls at the profile level indicates its ongoing efforts to address these challenges.
Impact on X’s Advertisers
The incident comes at a critical time for X, as the platform has been working to regain the trust of advertisers who had concerns about content moderation and direction after Elon Musk’s takeover. The incident highlights the potential risks advertisers face when their ads are display next to objectionable content, and it may impact their willingness to advertise on the platform. X’s response to this situation will likely influence its efforts to attract and retain advertisers in the future.