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Verizon, AT&T suspend ads from Google

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Verizon Communications and AT&T said they have suspended some digital advertising from Google and YouTube because of concerns that their ads may have run next to offensive content.

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AT&T said it was removing ads from Google's non-search platforms specifically over concerns that its ads were running next to extremist videos.

"We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate," the company said.

In a more sweeping move, Verizon said it has suspended all digital advertising outside of spots that show up in searches after it was notified that ads were appearing on "non-sanctioned websites."

"We are casting a wide net," a company spokeswoman wrote in an email. "We are working with all of our digital advertising partners to understand the weak links so we can prevent this from happening in the future."

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