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Iceland’s Christmas Advert Banned From TV for Having Too Much of the Politics

Iceland thought it was going to have the most talked about Christmas ad of the season this year, as it planned to rebrand a Greenpeace campaign about palm oil as its own, then make everyone sad about little orangutans being displaced by deforestation triggered by the rapidly growing production of the oil. In your face, twee John Lewis stop-motion bollocks. Read More >>

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Spotify’s Spooky Haunted Doll Ad Too Creepy for Kids, ASA Rules

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) chastised Spotify today for releasing an “unduly distressing” ad that, it argues, improperly targeted children. The ad shows young people listening to Camila Cabello’s song “Havana,” which in turn wakes up some scary looking dolls that go on to terrorise them. Read More >>

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Three’s Bizarre New Advert Tries to Fight Back Against Claims That “Phones Are Bad”

"Phones are bad" is what the world seems to have decided recently. They stop you being able to switch off, and people spend too much time staring at them, so they're very bad for you. Never mind that they can do just about anything. It's why companies have started launching all these screentime features, because you're spending too much time playing with a device that's bad - rather than doing something productive like watching television. But Three has had enough, and has released a new advert to try and highlight how great phones are. Read More >>

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Nissan Told to be Clearer About Leaf Charging Times

Nissan has got into some retrospective trouble about the way it promoted its second generation Leaf EV, with complaints lodged with the advertising police about various charging claims upheld. Read More >>

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Contraceptive App Told to Stop Blagging it

It's one thing when an advert misleadingly suggests that processed rice makes the cornerstone of a healthy breakfast for a child, but when an ad for an app tells users it can stop them from having babies by looking at their phone before sex, well, that's a bit more important. Read More >>

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The Universe’s Coolest Dentist Channels Guardians of the Galaxy in the Fight Against Bacteria

As someone who used to work in local news, I’m a sucker for local ads. They’re practically in a world of their own. After spotting a billboard on Twitter for a US dental office going by...wait for it...the Guardians of the Gums, I only had one thought: “Oh please let there be a commercial.” Luckily for us, the galaxy has delivered. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Scrapping Thousands of ‘Targeting Options’ That Could Be Used for Ad Discrimination

Facebook has a controversial history when it comes to abetting discriminatory ad practices on its platform. But following a litany of investigations, a lot of bad press, and most recently, an official complaint from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Facebook is trying to clean up its mess. Read More >>

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What Am I Worth to Advertisers? My Obsessive Quest to Put a Price on My Attention

319. That’s the number of discrete advertisements, both online and off, served to me over the course of one Tuesday in July. I know because I counted each and every one. Read More >>

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Artist Adds Honesty to Facebook’s Poster Ads

Someone with access to a big printer has been specially adapting Facebook posters around London, turning the company's attempts at mindwashing the capital with positive corporate thoughts into rather more honest takes on how the social network makes a living. Read More >>

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KFC Naughty-Stepped for Advertising a Milkshake Near a School

The protectors of the children and the guardians of the advertising world have given KFC a telling off, after the meat fryer was caught advertising one of its presumably sugar-packed drink treats on a phone box near a school. Read More >>

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Even Funeral Ads Have to be Edgy and Loaded With Viral Potential Now

Oh dear, this has happened. A company that specialises in cremating away the inconvenient earthly vessels of the recently deceased has decided the funeral industry needs shaking up a bit, hence this. A series of funny adverts for being cremated, including one showing happy surfers with coffin lids for boards, beaming about being dead soon and on fire. Read More >>

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Amazon Plots Free-to-Air, Ad-Funded TV Channels

A job posting for Amazon seems to have revealed a massive change that's coming to its film and TV offerings, with the retailer-slash-broadcaster looking to hire someone to manage free-to-air and ad-funded entertainment channels. Read More >>

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Creme Egg’s Easter Bunny Ads Banned for Targeting Children

A joint promotional push by Cadbury and the Scottish National Trust to encourage children to join in with various local easter egg hunts has been banned – retrospectively and therefore pointlessly – due to new guidelines that want to stop unhealthy food being marketed in the direction of children. Read More >>

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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 >>