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Unilever Says it Will Stop Advertising With “Influencers” Who’ve Bought Followers

Brand-selling behemoth Unilever, which makes what you're eating and what you smell of, has had it with influencers and their fake followers. It has decided that pretend popular people who've acquired a few thousand friends overnight are not a good place for its advertising money to go. Read More >>

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Horror Film Ads Shown Before YouTube Kids Compilations

Children searching for songs from Frozen and Lego assembly videos on YouTube were given a special treat last winter, when adverts for 15-rated horror film Insidious: The Last Key were shown before the brightly coloured things meant for children. Read More >>

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Snapchat’s Unskippable Six-Second Ads Have, Sadly, Arrived

Things have been rocky for Snapchat. After going public in March 2017, Snap Inc. has seen its stock price drop by more than 50 percent in a little more than a year, while taking a $40 million loss on unsold Spectacles and more or less cancelling a redesign that had users complaining in protest. So in an attempt to generate more revenue, Snapchat is inserting new unskippable ads into its still relatively popular social media app. Read More >>

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Junk Food Ads Could be Banned From London’s Tubes and Buses

London's mayor has decided it's time to get angry about kids eating burgers, and he's so angry he wants to order Transport for London to stop accepting adverts for junk food across the city's rail and bus networks. Read More >>

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Snapchat to Users: If You Won’t Watch Our Ads by Choice, We’ll Just Make You Do It

Snapchat, fresh off a redesign that managed to piss off just about the entirety of its user base, is reportedly getting ready to introduce a new feature that no one (except its stockholders) has been asking for: unskippable advertisements. Read More >>

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Insurance Ad Banned for Encouraging Children to Eat Money

One of those adverts people who need murdering find funny has been banned. Hooray. But it's only a small ban to make sure children don't copy what it inadvertently suggests doing. Read More >>

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Mr Money Saving Expert Sues Facebook Over Bitcoin Scam Ads

Martin Lewis, a man equally trusted by your dad when it comes to car insurance and your mum on whether or not claims on the shampoo bottles are genuine, has launched a legal case against Facebook. He says fake ads using his trustworthy face are undermining his reputation as a man who fights for consumer financial wellbeing. Read More >>

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Pret Told to Stop Pretending its Bread is Made By Forest Fairies

Pret a Manger is this week's highest profile victim to be shamed by the authoritarian overlords of our advertising standards watchdog, with the latter telling it to stop making so many claims about its "natural" foodstuffs when its bread is full of delicious, laboratory-produced E-numbers. Read More >>

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Massive Lego Ship is World’s Biggest, But Only an Advert

A company that operates big ships for real has made a fantastic one for pretend too, with Dream Cruises deciding to use 2.5 million Lego bricks to (a) get in the Guinness World Records, and (b) get people like us to spread the word of its for-real boats. Read More >>

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Here Is Facebook’s Dubious Plan to Prevent Its 2016 US Election Catastrophe From Happening Again

Pressure has been mounting on Facebook and its leadership to make big privacy changes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal—in which it lost control over extensive data on what it now says are 87 million users—and after weeks of hedging and minor tweaks around the margins, the company has begun to make other concessions like vaguely committing to EU-style privacy rules. On Friday, in what feels like a ploy to reassure the public they’ll have a plan on the related issue of foreign election interference before the 2018 midterms, Facebook detailed how it will make political advertising more transparent. Read More >>

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Amazon Sponsors 2018’s Bake Off

Amazon is going to be the sponsor of The Great British Bake Off this year, with viewers of Channel 4's high-profile cookery/cockery programme set to be battered with adverts for talking speakers throughout the broadcasts. Read More >>

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Megabus Told to Stop Advertising the One Cheap Seat it Does

Megabus, the city-linking transport business that everyone has a horror story about, has been told off for running adverts that substantially overestimate the number of rock-bottom priced seats it offers. Read More >>

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Universities Complain About Spread of Paid Essay Writer Ads

An essay writing company that claims it offers nothing more than assistance and guidance has been given a telling off by the Advertising Standards Authority, which ruled it was guilty of advertising itself as more of a direct homework-doing service than the vague study assistance adviser it is supposed to be. Read More >>

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KFC Ad Admits it FCK-ed Up

While men with forklift trucks dump rotting chicken into the sea* as people in the suburbs starve** in dystopian 2018 UK, the office-based part of the KFC corporation is using the chicken crisis to its advantage by putting out a jolly old ironic advertisement in the newspapers. Read More >>

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Amazon Allowed to Continue Putting Cat Food in Your Basket

One person complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about Amazon's Alexa recently, after an advert for the Echo Dot voice-activated speaker system apparently added some cat food to the owner's shopping basket. The owner cancelled the order so didn't actually receive any unsolicited cat food, but still. Read More >>