Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Porter Airlines Pulls Ads from the Rebel, Apologizes for Use of Word 'Blacklist'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Porter Airlines Pulls Ads from the Rebel, Apologizes for Use of Word 'Blacklist'

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Porter Airlines removes ads from The Rebel

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TORONTO - Porter Airlines has joined a string of Canadian companies pulling its advertisements from The Rebel, a conservative media website which has carried articles opposing immigration and questioning climate change science.

The Toronto-based airline said Wednesday the decision was made after it became aware that its ads were appearing on the site, run by media personality Ezra Levant.

Porter CEO Robert Deluce said in a statement the decision had no bearing on any political views or partialities and was made independent of any such considerations.

But he added that the airline apologizes for confirming the move on Twitter by using the word "blacklist," which he said was inappropriate and regrettable.

Because of the increased use of automated software, many companies do not always know where their digital ads are placed.

Porter's removal of the advertisements drew praise and scorn on social media, with some supporters of The Rebel vowing to boycott the airline over the decision. The media website also launched an online petition against Porter.

In an interview, Levant said he was disappointed that Porter was "caving in" to political pressure from an anonymous group on Twitter that has been notifying businesses in the U.S. and Canada that their ads were appearing on The Rebel and U.S. media site Breitbart.

Breitbart, another conservative news and commentary website, was previously run by Stephen Bannon, now an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump. Some U.S. companies who inadvertently appeared on Breitbart have also withdrawn their ads after social media outcry. …

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