InfoWars Blacklisted By Major Advertisers After CNN’s Guerrilla Activism


Originally appeared at Zero Hedge

CNN has taken it upon themselves to contact companies whose advertisements have been played on the InfoWars-linked Alex Jones Channel on YouTube, resulting in a flood of major brands blacklisting the channels for future ad spending.

CNN has discovered ads on InfoWars’ channels from 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 and ClassPass.

Even an ad for USA for UNHCR, a group that supports the UN refugee agency UNHCR, asking for donations for Rohingya refugees was shown on an InfoWars YouTube channel.

Many of the brands — including Nike, Moen, Expedia, Acer, ClassPass, Honey, Alibaba and OneFamily — have suspended ads on InfoWars’ channels after being contacted by CNN for comment. The companies, with the exception of Alibaba, which declined to comment, said they had been unaware their ads were running on The Alex Jones Channel. CNN discovered the HomeAway advertising shortly before publishing this story, and has not yet received a response from that company.

The various brands purchased ad campaigns from marketing agencies or directly through YouTube parent company Google – which direct advertisements at specific demographics. Companies often don’t know where their ads are displayed, however they can use exclusion filters to black list channels or content they don’t wish to advertise with.

InfoWars Blacklisted By Major Advertisers After CNN's Guerrilla Activism

Scores of conservative and “conspiracy” YouTube channels have been hit with strikes and bans over the last several weeks following the Parkland Florida School Shooting. In particular, videos suggesting that survivor David Hogg was being coached or is a paid crisis actor have been struck from the platform and measures taken against uploaders.

YouTube admitted they had been overly aggressive in their recent enforcement, blaming “newer members” of its 10,000 large team of moderators.

As we work to hire rapidly and ramp up our policy enforcement teams throughout 2018, newer members may misapply some of our policies resulting in mistaken removals,” wrote a YouTube spokesman in an email. “We’re continuing to enforce our existing policies regarding harmful and dangerous content, they have not changed. We’ll reinstate any videos that were removed in error.”

The Alex Jones Channel received two “strikes” from YouTube during the controversy, however the second strike was removed hours later with no explanation. Similarly, InfoWars fixture Dr. Jerome Corsi’s YouTube channel was permanently banned on Thursday – only to be restored hours later with a similar lack of explanation.

And while YouTube may have overstepped its bounds, CNN has taken the attack straight to the bottom line by encouraging advertisers to blacklist Alex Jones related content. 

Starving Jones To Death

This isn’t the first time advertisers have blacklisted InfoWars. Last February, the InfoWars website was dropped by San Francisco advertising agency AdRoll the day after Jones did an interview with the (failing) New York Times – costing Jones an estimated $5 million per year of income.

AdRoll told Jones that they were dropping him due to the fact that products are “retargeted” to the InfoWars website – a practice of relevant advertisements jumping from site to site to follow consumer browsing habits.

Still, one can’t help but wonder if the political ideology of the San Francisco-based ad agency had something to do with the decision: several high level AdRoll employees have donated money to democratic causes over the past several elections. CEO Aaron Bell is also a huge fan of Bill Gates – having grown up in Washington and worked at Microsoft where he stalked the Billionaire at their annual employee barbecue.

InfoWars Blacklisted By Major Advertisers After CNN's Guerrilla Activism

Interestingly, AdRoll’s head of retargeting, Peter Clark, contributed to the “Democratic Hope Fund” in 2015.

InfoWars Blacklisted By Major Advertisers After CNN's Guerrilla Activism

InfoWars isn’t the first conservative outlet to suffer from politically motivated advertising hits. In November 2016, was dropped by AppNexus – one of the largest digital ad agencies in the world.

“We did a human audit of Breitbart and determined there were enough articles and headlines that cross that line, using either coded or overt language,” said Josh Zietz of AppNexus. “This blacklist was solely about hate speech violation.”

In any case, with InfoWars facing attacks on all fronts, it looks like they’ll be down to water filters and health supplements going forward as liberal activists such as CNN target their primary source of income.



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  • Michał Hunicz

    Ah, InfoWars… these dumb conspiracies. Even so, they are definitely better than CNN. Even if Alex calls China “satan” or he supports the US Tomahawk strike on Syria.

    • EoF

      Alex calls China “Satan” because Trump doesn’t like China. And we know Alex is a yuge Trump fan.

  • RichardD

    Alex is a mixed bag, he’s done pioneering work in areas like 911 truth and psycho shooter drugs. A lot of his other work is questionable and in poor taste.

    • You can call me Al

      To a certain extent you are correct, and personally I like watching the sort of UK version “Prison Planet”. But that is all irrelevant, this is another attack on Trump because he stated his admiration for Alex Jones and Infowars.

      We are seeing the US in real panic mode now.

      • NeoLeo

        Yep they are trying to silence any non-controlled media, first by demonizing them, then by brutal censorship and these dirty ticks and economic pressure/blockade. The establishment was shocked by Trump’s victory, and now the Empire strikes back: their control must be re-established by any means necessary.

  • Redadmiral

    A Big Mouth and a little head. Mostly wrong but ocassionally gets it right

  • Freespirit

    Does this mean Alex Jones is starting to tell the TRUTH once again about Zionist Jews?

    If so, maybe i should start following “Infowars” once more,as I used to many years ago

  • Serious

    Independent journalism doesn’t exist. Only stupid people believe in such fairly tales. Journalsists work for who pay them.

    Journalism is always partial. The problem comes when 95% of the medias say the same things like it is in the west. When it comes to that, it’s called organized propagenda or brainwashing.

    • TiredOfBsToo

      The best defense against the collusion of sites like Youtube, Google, Facebook and any other sites that censor and collude with the Deep State is to not use their services. Yandex is a very capable search engine and one should visit the actual sites creating the content rather than those aggregating, monetizing and censoring it.

      • Serious

        China has anticipated and and has clearly understood the goal of these corporations. That’s why China had forbidden them plain and simple and created their own social media network.

        • TiredOfBsToo

          That and probably some other reasons as well.

          • 888mladen .

            Read my post above.

        • 888mladen .

          China and civil liberties any different from Google Amazon etc?
          “Imagine a world where many of your daily activities are constantly
          monitored and evaluated: what you buy at the shops and online; where you
          are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with
          them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games;
          and what bills and taxes you pay… Most of that already happens…but
          now imagine a system where all these behaviours are rated as either
          ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ and distilled into a single number, according
          to rules set by the government. That would create your ‘Citizen Score’…and used to determine your eligibility for a mortgage or a job, where your children can go to school, etc…”

          “For now, participating in China’s ‘Citizen Score’ system is voluntary. But by 2020 it will be mandatory.
          The behavior of every single citizen and ‘legal entity’ in China will
          be rated and ranked, whether they like it or not… The government [is
          now using] private companies to come up with systems and algorithms for
          social credit scores… It will result in private platforms acting
          essentially as spy agencies for the government…” [Just like Google,
          Amazon, and Facebook. –ed]

          “Sharing what Sesame Credit refers to as ‘positive energy’ online, [such
          as] nice messages about the government or how well the country’s
          economy is doing, will make your score go up… A person’s own score
          will also be affected by what their online friends say and do,
          beyond their own contact with them. If someone they are connected to
          online posts a negative comment, their own score will also be dragged
          down… Higher scores have already become a ‘status symbol’, with almost
          100,000 people bragging [on social media] about their scores…”

          “Sesame Credit is basically a big data, ‘gamified’ version of the
          Communist Party’s surveillance methods… The regime kept a dossier on
          every individual that tracked political and personal transgressions
          [which] followed them for life, from schools to jobs. People started
          reporting on friends and even family members… It is a method of social
          control dressed up in some points-reward system. It’s gamified
          obedience… Penalties are set to change dramatically when the
          government system becomes mandatory in 2020…”

          “[In the USA], we already live in a world of [pervasive data collection
          and] predictive algorithms that determine if we are a threat, a risk, a
          good citizen and even if we are trustworthy. We’re getting closer to the
          Chinese system – the expansion of credit scoring into life scoring –
          even if we don’t realize it… We are entering an age where an
          individual’s actions will be judged by standards they can’t control and
          where that judgment can’t be erased. The consequences are not only
          troubling; they’re permanent.”

          — Rachel Botsman article, Wired magazine

        • So “Oceania bad, and Eastasia good”. China is many things. A bastion of freedom of thought and conscience is not one of them.

      • 888mladen .

        Yandex browser has proved to be the fastest of all I’ve tired so far on my Win 7 PC.

        • TiredOfBsToo

          Very rarely do I have to go to any other. As far as operating systems go, I use Linux. I have many reasons for doing so, but one of them is, no back doors and data collection for big brother courtesy of Microsoft.

    • occupybacon

      Not yet 108% like in the East

    • James

      It has always been brainwashing regardless of the media’s sudden agenda to band together on one specific subject – ostracising Russia. There have always been limits to how much information they can give the population to open their eyes to what is really going on and how their being played by the Elite. Any journalist who doesn’t comply with this will find themselves swiftly out the door. And now that Alex Jones is receiving such a large audience, he’s become a problem to them. So unless he can find an avenue of revenue large enough to continue, then we will hardly see such a large source of alternative information when it comes to, what is basically, criminal conspiracy against the people of the United States.

      • Serious

        Well. I never trusted Alex Jones. I think that he is a liar. So, I don’t give so much a f…k about him.

    • goingbrokes

      It’s more serious than that. If they were just 95% same they could be accused of group-think and all that goes with it. But what is happening is that that 95% is the Government line!!! This means that what we hear is STATE MEDIA masquerading as independent media. The linkage between the state and corporations at present (corporations controlling government) is an accurate description of fascism. If the government were controlling the media/corporations it would be like Soviet socialism. Not that the differences between the two are glaring.
      Independent journalism does exist (we should not define it as “objective” – it doesn’t need to be) but they are small operators with small budgets. Independence simply means that you don’t line yourself up with the government agenda.

  • Serious

    It can be true journalism only if journalists are paid by the readers so that journalists work for the readers. If a private organization or advisers own a media, it can’t said real media.

  • 5commando

    Well, Youtube/Goolag has hired the SPLC Southron Poverty [f]law Center to police it’s content, and it’s CEO Susan Wojcicki (since 2014) is a flaming gliberal, so it’s just a matter of time before Youtube/Goolag becomes a sanitised safe-space for low-T pajama boys, genderfluid mutants, democrat/GOPe functionaries, ass-devastated Ukros, crybaby gliberals, and other mystery meat.

    • Ariel Cohen

      “genderfluid mutants ” lol

  • Patrick

    Thanks for putting names and faces to this corporate censorship. These pricks hide behind a mask. Freedom of speech only applies to a government web site. A private corporation need not apply the same rules because its private?. This youtube initiative is driven/paid for by the CIA and all the truth tellers out there are attacked. Whatever you opinion, it better fall in line with their narrative. They can just flick a switch to shut you up now. To me this just adds to the fake news para-dime.

  • Rmat52

    The thought police ban information that they don’t want you to see. This is just like the Nazi’s did by burning Marxist books before the war, now the CNN Reds are returning the favour. Shades of Fahrenheit 451, only they blacklist your information now instead of burning you out.

    • goingbrokes

      It’s nothing like burning books by Marx. Marxists betrayed Germany at the end of WW1 no question, condemning Germany to a defeat and the treachery and humiliation at Versailles. No patriotic German would have had any love for Marxists for many decades. It was a popular sentiment. This is against the people. Corporate thought police is thousand times more advanced mind control machine. Look up dr Epstein’s research into Google search result suggestions.

      • Maybe no patriotic German, but many unpatriotic ones.

        • goingbrokes

          Correct. Marxist organisations were distinctly unpatriotic. As socialist movements in most countries were 99% in jewish control a backlash against socialists, and therefore the jews, was inevitable. Today the mind controllers forbid any mention or criticism of the extent of jewish power and influence. But it is there for all to see who have eyes to see. Most people prefer to be the three monkeys.

  • Nobody

    Alex was k when he began, but after he just fell in the line, and started to spread idiot things.

  • Starlight

    Jones married a jew, raised his kids as jewish, broadcast on networks owned by jews, and in his early days ranted his undying support for ISRAEL, and demanded every American back the zionists to the hilt. All his major advertisers were and are jewish owned businesses.

    Only when Alex Jones stated becoming a phenomenon did he drop his daily rants in favour of Israel and zionism, but he still worked in pro-zionist agendas to his broadcasts. True, there was a period years back where anti-zionist sentiments amongst his support base was so high, Jones had to find some ‘safe’ anti-Israeli-government stories to promote- but he always did this according to direct instructions from zionist high command.

    Today Jones has gone full blown neo-nazi, and has turned his sites into anti-muslim crusades. The ‘best’ racist content on Infowars comes from the two London brothers – MI6 agents who effectively have taken over Infowars.

    The usefulness of Alex Jones, as others have said, is in his sometimes Humanist statements and anti-NWO, awareness of global conspiracies position. He has helped many become ‘AWAKEN’. But as a ‘leader’ he is a ‘Hitler’ like figure, selling a hatred of muslims, even those that follow a very modern and enlightened version of islam. The simularity between Alex Jones and Adolf Hitler is startling, if you have ever read ‘Mein Kamp’ (which sadly few of you here will have done so).

    Hitler and the nazis, before they took full power in Germany, were also subject to similar ‘soft’ state censorship – and they used this fact to gain sympathy and support amongst ordinary people.

    Today Alex Jones is very much part of the problem, and not the solution. His media assets have dropped any pretence of a pro-Humanist stance, and exist for 100% muslim bashing purposes.

    • Grüßchen

      “Mein Kamp” would translate “my camp”.
      The book is called “Mein Kampf” (“my struggle” / “my fight”) and it’s not an enlightening read.

    • goingbrokes

      Otherwise good but you lost it when you brought in Hitler and the nazis. You’re not even close.

  • John Whitehot

    freedom of speech at its finest.

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  • Tony B.

    Jones is, and always has been, false opposition to the deep state. So who cares about him?
    The reason “they” shut down everyone who has exposed Hogg is because Hogg and his dad are both CIA/FBI assets and that was being exposed thus making people realize that Parkland was JUST ONE MORE GOVERNMENT CREATED FALSE FLAG TRYING TO DEFEAT U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW WHICH ALLOWS CITIZENS TO BE ARMED AS WELL AS THE GOVERNMENT SO AS TO PREVENT TYRANICAL GOVERNMENT.

    • Brad Isherwood*MKvoYSaA8Ugk7vik-uEYCA.png

      Alex Jones…and Decades** of Other False Opposition while everything from Manifest Destiny
      /Smithsonian dump barge loads of Giant Skeletons into the Atlantic. Gatekeepers on 911 and Obama make Osama Bin Laden swim with the fishes.

      US corporations raise the access age to 21 on guns/ammo. ….
      Because Trump had no Balls to stop the Parkland False Flag drill with crisis actors.
      US broke every treaty with First Nations people’s, …
      Manifest Destiny is the concept view of the 1% …..vs everyone else
      Maybe Robots/AI will serve humans in the Future…?
      Or maybe we get enslaved by the AI,
      As if Rothschild is going to cry.

  • Ariel Cohen

    ” We will bridle the news media . .” (Protocols of the Learned elders of Zion)

  • hvaiallverden

    Yup, the show must go on.
    Well, let me be frank for an change, its as far I can judge gone full circle, shit in, shit out, where both sides feeds each others agenda, one blames Islam for everything, and the other blames White people for everything, and shaken and stirred for an while and we have an self for-filling prophecy’s, where one can blame to other for Islamophobia, and is by large correct, and the accused blames racism/hate/nationalism/Nazism, etc, etc for everything, incl Islamophobia, and every bloody debate ends up in that bin.
    An media created centrifugal force of manure sucking sanity and common sense down to their moronic level, where ignorance is humped with arrogance, the best tool humans have ever invented to crash anything, nothing can stand the onslaught in stupidity an mass, lead by wolfs.

    Yeah, how enlightening, isnt it, AJ to me is head ace, simply, annoying, and ignorant, but not all bad, but have His red lines as some have pointed out and so do I, Palestine.
    You dont bite the hand that feeds you and your family, do you, just ask some Cops, whom hide behind their chain of command, when I know an Wankee will not even fart unless been told.

    But to hunt Him down with this, an witch hunt, i somehow dont believe in, stupid comments and accusations of been an anti-Semitic is more of an spinal cord reflex coming from the Leftards, than anything substantial, what so ever, but this time, they missed, but to be honest, true, but for the oposite reason, Palestine.

    if AJ had some sense, tone your self down an bit, you will be easier to handle, and listen to.
    The Breitfartlingas, the pack of morons on steroids howling for ever more wars, in delirium, just say Iran, and watch them go bonkers, hehe, jesus, Breadfruit is an shit hole, an loose, uh…. Ba… Cannon, and that is the only thing they are, irrelevant apart from spewing bullshit.
    To then use Breadfruit (basket case) as an Yard stick, in the alt right, is to me, pissing against the wind, total nonsense.


  • CNN is bitterest hate speech 24 X 7. I would never watch that noisome bilge except my gf loves it! :D

  • Cheryl Brandon

    FAKE NEWS HEADLINERS; USS MAINE destroyed by the Cubans in 1898/ Fact USA is illegally squatting On Cuban lands since 1989. The Bay of Tonkin attack by Vietnamese in 1965 =lie/ Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK-LIE/ Killed by FBI/CIA. Saddam has weapons of WMD’s 2001- LIE/ USA has WMD’s hidden in 23 different countries. Assad is killing his own people-LIE/ Truth Israhell has been carrying out Palestinian Holocaust since 1947 but, never makes the headlines./ UK will be attacked by Saddam with 40 minutes -LIE/ FACT;USA/UK went into Iraq and destroyed the country displaced millions and murdered 2 million Iraqis/ Russia hacked USA general elections LIE; /Cambridge Analytica has already claimed responsibility for interfering in the USA elections. CA is a UK/USA owned company with John Mercer a $chump supporter as a part owner./ CA also claimed that, they also swong 44 other election/ Aggressive Russia is threatening it’s neighbours LIE/ USA has troops on Russian borders and,, not the other around. Russia has 9 borders to DEFEND. USA has 2 and, those 2 countries FEAR USA.