‘Direct politically motivated attack on one of biggest independent news outlets on the planet’
(INTELLIHUB) — In a stunning display of political warfare, a major advertising platform has banned the highly popular alternative news website Infowars’ product ads over the site’s support of President Donald Trump, the report claims.
Advertising agency AdRoll notified Infowars that it has suspended its syndication of Infowars Life product ads across the millions of websites and platforms that use the massive ad network.
“This is classic discrimination, an attempt to bankrupt Infowars,” noted Alex Jones in an emergency video update about the roundabout attempt at censorship.
Unbelievably, the letter sent to Infowars specifically cited political content as the reason for the ban, effectively claiming that the ad network must approve a websites political views before they can use it.
“This is a platform that Infowars has used to promote its own products to millions across the web and as one of its primary sources of self-funding. In total, Infowars is expected to lose a large percentage of its total income that could be used to hire more reporters, build better studios, get better equipment, and keep on fighting,” Infowars reported.
“This ban is a critical blow to the pumping heart of the Infowar, as we are an independent media organization that receives absolutely no funding from government groups or mega corporations.”
The full letter from AdRoll reads:
I apologize for the lack of communication here prior to pausing campaigns. Infowars has been flagged by the AdRoll Policy team and, as a result, campaigns suspended. In an effort to protect the privacy of our site visitors, our partner ad networks as well as the National Advertising Initiative (NAI) have strict policies that prohibit retargeting user segments based off of potentially sensitive information.
All content on your website should be relevant, accurate, informative, and up to date. Any claims should be easily verifiable. We are not able to promote websites that intentionally misrepresent their business or use any tactic to falsely enhance reputation or misrepresent actual offerings. Furthermore, all political content should focus on the merits of the candidate, and political messaging should not target special interests or groups, or imply affiliations.
This is in line with the policies of both AdRoll and our partner ad networks policies. Given the nature of retargeting, and that we are targeting customers with ads that have directly visited your website we must ensure that we are always abiding by these policies and upholding such standards to ensure the confidentiality of our customers. Our policy center explicitly states these policies and a link can be found here.
Since your account was flagged, we are no longer able to run campaigns for your site and have now gone ahead and suspended the campaigns. I am sorry not to have better news for you today but hope that you can understand. Please consider this review final.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Make no mistake, this seems to be a concerted effort to specifically hurt one of the biggest independent media outlets in the entire world.
Note: One of the first reactions many independent news sites have when they see a fellow website having their advertising revenue attacked is to stay quiet in the hopes that it doesn’t happen to them.
This is EXACTLY what the establishment wants and is absolutely the wrong way to go about fighting the powers that be. If we don’t stick together, even if we disagree with some of the content of a particular website, the global elite has already won.