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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ InfoWars landed itself in hot water after many major brands pulled their advertisements from the far-right website’s YouTube channel.
After CNN conducted an investigation into InfoWars’ YouTube channel, it found that companies and organizations such as Nike (NKE), Acer, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Network, the Mormon Church, Moen, Expedia (EXPE), Alibaba (BABA), HomeAway, Mozilla, the NRA, Honey, Wix, ClassPass and USA for UNHCR — a group that supports the UN refugee agency UNHCR — ran ads on it.
When CNN reached out to the respective companies for comment on whether they support Jones’ YouTube channel, all the companies, with the exception of Alibaba — who declined to comment — said they were not aware of the fact that their commercials were being shown on the concerned channel.
After being informed of this fact, companies like Nike, Moen, Expedia, Acer, ClassPass, Honey, Alibaba, and OneFamily suspended their ads from Jones’ channel.
Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/ Lucas Jackson
A spokesperson for Nike, told CNN the company was “disturbed to learn that we appeared on [The Alex Jones Channel].” Since then, it has reached out to YouTube…
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