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The House Always Wins
As YouTube keeps dialing up brand safety protections, creators in marginal or disreputable categories are feeling the brunt. A relatively small but active group of creators who stream from inside casinos (because people like to watch others gambling) have found their accounts suddenly suspended or “demonetized” (blocked from carrying ads) as they were suddenly deemed to fall on the wrong side of YouTube’s inscrutable creator policies. The casinos don’t mind the gambling vloggers – indeed, some pay for the exposure – but it’s the kind of content many top brands don’t want to end up next to, reports The Atlantic. Creators such as these have few options when YouTube pulls the plug. “You spend so many years to build it up and they can just erase it with one button,” says Swedish gambling YouTuber Kim Hultman. More.
In This Context
What’s old is new again as GDPR ushers in a new boom of contextual advertising. Publisher sources tell Digiday that some large agencies have suspended audience-based campaigns until there’s more certainty around how the GDPR will be enforced. Others have increased the amount of contextual buying they do alongside audience-based buys as a way to supplement lost reach. “We want to work with all the publishers that are important to us, and have gained the consent necessary for us to continue working with behavioral and audience data,”said Robin O’Neill, managing director of digital trading at GroupM. More.
Google stopped running local and state election ads or ads supporting ballot measures in Washington state on Thursday. It’s the first time Google has fully suspended political spending in a state, GeekWire reports. Washington’s attorney general filed a suit against Google and Facebook this week for allegedly failing to meet the state’s political ad disclosure law. Rules would require the online platforms to provide the “approximate description of the geographic locations and audiences targeted, and total number of impressions generated by the advertisement or communication” for all political buys. More.
But Wait, There’s More!
- AI At Google: Our Principles - Google blog post
- Data Watchdog Deals With 1,300 GDPR Complaints, 60 Breaches - Irish Examiner
- Ex-Cambridge Analytica Boss Admits Getting Facebook Data - Reuters
- Mediaocean Offers Automated Access To Vevo Network - release
- People Are Changing The Way They Use Social Media - The Atlantic
- SteelHouse: Connected TV Is Advertising’s Fastest-Growing Video Segment - release
- Media Execs: Data Analytics Should Play Bigger Role In Marketing - Axios
- Zenith: World Cup To Boost Global Ad Spend By $2.4B This Year - release
- Who Invented What in Ad Tech? – Part One - Video Ad News
- Ray Romero Named m/Six Chief Digital Officer, NA - release
- Media And Advertising Execs Join Digital Future Council - Coin Journal
- Wunderman Taps Ian Sohn To Run Chicago Office - MediaPost