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The British government has summoned Google to explain itself after an investigation showed that taxpayer-funded ads were used on inappropriate content, according to a CNN report.

TheNewsGuru gathered that Google is facing a wave of angry customers after advertisements from major brands and the U.K. government appeared alongside content from hate preachers and extremist groups.

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The inappropriate contents include videos from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, the report stated.

“We have placed a temporary restriction on our YouTube advertising pending reassurances from Google that government messages can be delivered in a safe and appropriate way,” the British government said in a statement.

CNN reports the investigation published by The Times showed that ads from the BBC, Transport for London, Visit Scotland, L’Oreal (LRLCF), the Financial Conduct Authority, Honda (HMC), supermarket chain Sainsbury’s and The Guardian all appeared next to objectionable content on YouTube.

In addition to former Klan leader Duke, the ads were used alongside content from far-right party Britain First and an organization of Polish nationalists, as well as a smattering of religious extremists and controversial hate preachers.

Google said in a statement that it has “strict guidelines” that define where ads should appear.

“We accept that we don’t always get it right, and that sometimes, ads appear where they should not. We’re committed to doing better, and will make changes to our policies and brand controls for advertisers,” it added.

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