Groups like Blood & Honour and Combat 18 and similar groups who lack opposable thumbs yet consider themselves racially superior, have been benefiting from the automatic addition of ads to their videos.
The agreements, which are part of the Adsense programme, allow YouTube members posting non-copyrighted videos to benefit from ads on the page.
The case is paid to the video owner and extremist groups have used this aspect of Google’s business model to generate the cash to buy weapons, server space and their printing bills.
Google has been told and deleted the videos but there is no indication it has put in place any protection to stop it happening again.
The videos aim to rally support by inciting hatred against minority and ethnic groups. The logic is that people will support that sort of thing and so will not notice that the sorts of people who incite such rubbish are the sorts of people you would not want to meet in a dark ally.
All this racial incitement is against YouTube’s rules but since it does not screen content, it requires people to flag inappropriate videos.
Combat 18 members are not really interested in flagging the content and its material gets repeated viewings.
Ironically if non-copyrighted videos prove popular the user is invited to join Google’s partner programme and will be known and loved by the company.
In Germany, where they take this sort of crime seriously, they have been looking into the YouTube account of one of the National Socialist Underground members arrested in February.
The bloke was suspected in the case of the murder of 10 Turkish immigrants in a series of racist killings spanning a decade. Both David Copeland, the London nail bomber, and Anders Breivik, who carried out the 2011 Norway attacks, are suspected to have received support from online communities.
Virgin Media was understandably a little upset that Beardie’s ads were being associated with neo-Nazi content.
A spokesperson told the Guardian that it had a strict policy on its ad placement and was concerned about ads appearing against unrelated and unsuitable content on YouTube.
It is having a word with Google to see what measures can be put into place to prevent it happening again.