Mar 20, 2017

Another advertiser pulls out of Google in the U.K.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai (Tsering Topgyal / AP)

Marks & Spencer, a large multinational retailer, announced on Monday it has removed its ads from Google over fears their advertising could appear next to extremist content. They follow reports over the past week that HSBC, Lloyds and the Royal Bank of Scotland, Jaguar Land Rover and Marie Curie removing their ads from Google-owned platforms.

Google apologizes: On Friday, Google finally apologized to advertisers in the U.K. that have been pulling ads from its properties due to the prevalence of questionable content, like hate videos on YouTube, that their ads could be running against. Their apology came after an announcement last week Google will start using data from more than 10,000 human contractors known as "quality raters" to teach its algorithms how to better spot offensive, incorrect or misleading information.

Get smart: There's a reason the other half of the digital duopoly isn't getting slammed as hard. Aside from FB Live, Facebook has generally been able to avert PR crises over their content the past month, due to a strategic effort to win publishers with its Facebook Journalism Project. Facebook's open communication with publishers through listening tours about its efforts to clean up content on its platform could also be easing advertiser's concerns.

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.