NewsTeam Trump Shifts Blame to Algorithm for Campaign Ads on Pro-Nazi Content

Team Trump Shifts Blame to Algorithm for Campaign Ads on Pro-Nazi Content

Trump Campaign Ads Placed Next to Pro-Nazi Content Sparks Controversy

Published March 15, 2024 11:30AM (EDT)

Donald Trump’s team faced backlash when campaign advertisements appeared alongside pro-Nazi content on the streaming platform Rumble.

In a brief video advertisement featured before certain Rumble videos, Trump appeals to viewers for donations to support his campaign, as reported by Rolling Stone.

The ad showcases Trump requesting contributions of $5, $10, or $25, emphasizing the importance of these donations in helping him secure victory in the upcoming presidential election.

Interestingly, reports revealed that Trump’s ads were displayed at the start of videos by extreme right-wing conspiracy theorist Stew Peters. In one of Peters’ videos, he praises Adolf Hitler as a “hero” for orchestrating the Nazi book burnings in the 1930s, referring to the atrocious act as “awesome.”

As Trump’s rhetoric draws comparisons to Hitler’s ideologies, particularly in his statements about immigrants supposedly “contaminating the nation,” his supporters seem to resonate with his increasingly fascist language.

Rolling Stone reached out to both Rumble and Peters for comments, without receiving any responses. This lack of clarification leaves it unclear how Trump’s ad ended up adjacent to Peters’ controversial video. While a spokesperson for Trump’s team shifted blame to Rumble for the placement of the ad, they highlighted that the campaign does not target specific videos or channels for advertising and lacks visibility into all ads served during each video.

Moreover, there were no indications from Trump’s team about concerns regarding monetizing Peters’ content; instead, their focus was on advertising in a broader sense on Rumble.

The incident underscores a significant challenge in digital advertising where campaigns can inadvertently align with extremist content, raising questions about platforms’ responsibilities in regulating such occurrences.

(Source: Salon)

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