The Commons home affairs committee said it was astonishing that the second richest company on the planet had failed to take even the simplest steps to root out abuse. The American firm suffered a further blow yesterday when ministers suspended all government advertising on its YouTube video-sharing platform. The Cabinet Office said the ban would be lifted only when Google could all but guarantee public money would not fund hate-fuelled content. Officials learnt that adverts for public bodies such as UK Aid and the Metropolitan Police had been running alongside YouTube videos containing extremist material.