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Marks & Spencer Pulls Ads From YouTube Over Offensive Videos

  • U.K. retailers John Lewis, Sainsbury also suspend their ads
  • Google says it’s sorry and is working on fixing the problem
Mens ties inside a branch of Marks & Spencer in London.
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Marks & Spencer Group Plc and other U.K. retailers pulled advertising from Alphabet Inc.’s Google, adding to the list of brands fleeing the search-engine giant over concerns that their spots were appearing alongside offensive clips on its YouTube video-sharing site.

“In order to ensure brand safety, we are pausing activity across Google platforms whilst the matter is worked through,” M&S said in a statement Monday. John Lewis Partnership Plc and J Sainsbury Plc also suspended YouTube activity.