Tuesday, Attorney General Jon Bruning sent a letter to Google, asking the tech giant to account for advertisements next to questionable online videos.
Screenshots, such as the one included on this story, show advertisements next to videos promoting everything from buying crack cocaine for a discount, and finding underage prostitutes.
“I’m deeply disappointed with Google’s lackadaisical attitude toward Internet safety and consumer protection," said Bruning, "The company should be held accountable."
Channel Six has reached out to Google for reaction. A YouTube spokesperson released the following statement:
“We take user safety seriously and have Community Guidelines that prohibit any content encouraging dangerous, illegal activities. This includes content promoting the sale of drugs. YouTube's review teams respond to videos flagged for our attention around the clock, removing any content that violates our policies. We also have stringent advertising guidelines, and work to prevent ads appearing against any video, channel or page once we determine that the content is not appropriate for our advertising partners.”