Subject: Please Stop Funding Fake News
I am writing to request that you stop advertising with “fake news” sites which promote lies, conspiracy theories, misogyny and racial and religious intolerance.
I am deeply concerned about the effect they are having on our society and our democracy.
Examples of these sites include:
Westmonster is a notorious right-wing site, which gives a regular platform to promote far-right figure Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson) and his events, and rails against the centrality of George Soros to world events, an updated version of the antisemitic Rothschild trope.
Evolve Politics gives a platform to conspiracy theorists, 9/11 “truthers,” the claim that Israel was responsible for the Salisbury attack last year and that it secretly created ISIS. They also shared a video which attempts to deflect from the Nazis’ central role in the Holocaust; that video was also shared by neo-Nazi sites.
Politicalite also promotes Tommy Robinson and whips up public fear about “swarms” of migrants and the purported “Islamifaction” of Britain.
The Canary has published fake news stories which have resulted in the subjects of their articles receiving death threats, requiring police protection, and contributed to a “smear campaign” which saw a journalist arrested by an authoritarian foreign government. It also has a record of promoting antisemitism, including on one occasion publishing an article entitled “It is not antisemitic to compare Israel to Nazi Germany.” It features “journalists” like Steve Topple, who once wrote “Maybe most Jews [are] peaceful, but until they recognise and destroy their growing Zionist cancer they must be held responsible.”
The Rebel Media has employed far-right hate figures Katie Hopkins, who described migrants as “cockroaches” and called for gunboats to prevent them crossing the Mediterranean, and Tommy Robinson as contributors. The site’s founder, Ezra Levant, has been sued for defamation and found to hold “reckless disregard for the truth” and “took little or no responsibility for the accuracy” of The Rebel Media’s content.
TR News was set up by Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson) to promote his unsuccessful European election campaign. It publishes coverage of the far-right figure’s activity and anti-Muslim stories.
These sites are largely funded by advertising, including your own.
I know that much online advertising is automated and therefore you might not be aware that your adverts are appearing on “fake news” sites. However, now that you know, I hope that you will disassociate your brand from their hateful content by blacklisting them from your advertising.
For more information on how to amend your advertising preferences, please visit www.stopfundingfakenews.com.
Thank you for taking the time to read my email.