Companies Halt YouTube Ads Following Reports of Commenter Paedophile Network

Companies are pulling their advertising campaigns from YouTube amid reports that a network of paedophiles is openly operating in the comments sections of videos of young children, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Disney and Nestlé are among those who have reportedly yanked spending after a YouTube video surfaced the ongoing problem. Read More >>

Here are Those Lego Movie 2 Adverts We Talked About, In Case You Don’t Watch Live TV

Last Saturday ITV had a Lego-themed ad break, designed to help advertise The Lego Movie 2 and featuring a bunch of different brands. Well just in case you don't watch ITV, The Voice, or adverts, everything has been posted online for you to enjoy. Read More >>

The Lego Movie 2 is Taking Over ITV’s Ad Break This Saturday

The Lego Movie 2 isn't out until next week, but the marketing campaign is still working hard to try and get your bums in cinema seats. Now the film is set to take over an entire ITV ad break this weekend, complete with Lego versions of normal adverts. Read More >>

This 1996 TV Advert Predicted What Sports Would Look Like in 2020

What did people of the past think sports would look like in the 21st century? They imagined humans powerlifting an entire tonne, hurdles that pop up taller as you move along the track, and swimming relay races with “dolphin style” moves against wave machines. At least that was the idea in this 1996 TV ad for the Gatorade knock-off All Sport. Read More >>

No, You Can’t Leave Work Early Just Because You Had A Red Bull, Says ASA

A set of tube ads for Red Bull have been pulled by the Advertising Standards Authority because they implied Red Bull could help you get your work done faster and go home. Read More >>

Facebook’s New Political Ad Guidelines Are Now in Effect

A little while ago Facebook announced it was making changes to the way people could buy political ads in the UK, showcasing who paid from them and in the process highlight whether they had any ulterior motives. Those plans were put on hold on 7th November after Facebook failed to account for the fact people can and will lie when given the opportunity, but today the revised rules have come into force. Read More >>

A Man Called John Lewis Stars in Twitter UK’s Christmas Advert

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people. Things like weird food, spending too much money, and, of course, the adverts that are in a never-ending war to try and make people cry the most. John Lewis is the one that seems to have started this trend, and now Twitter has released an advert poking fun at it all. Plus how people don't check Twitter handles before they post. Read More >>

Oh Snap: Vodafone Got Three’s Snapchat Ad Banned

The petty squabbling between phone networks continues: Vodafone has gone to the ASA about one of Three's ads and got it pulled. Read More >>

Advertisers Suing Facebook Allege It May Have Committed Fraud on Video Ad Metrics

A group of advertisers suing social-media giant Facebook in California over bungled video metrics now alleges in court filings that the platform failed to disclose data errors in a manner that could “[rise] to the level of fraud and may warrant punitive damages,” according to Ars Technica. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information

Last week, I ran an ad on Facebook targeted at a computer science professor named Alan Mislove. Mislove studies how privacy works on social networks and had a theory that Facebook is letting advertisers reach users with contact information collected in surprising ways. I was helping him test the theory by targeting him in a way Facebook had previously told me wouldn’t work. I directed the ad to display to a Facebook account connected to the landline number for Alan Mislove’s office, a number Mislove has never provided to Facebook. He saw the ad within hours. Read More >>

Distracted Boyfriend Meme Job Ad Discriminates Against Women, Swedish Regulators Say

Sweden’s advertising watchdog ruled that an employer’s recruitment post on Facebook and Instagram discriminated against women. The offending content was the inclusion of the Distracted Boyfriend meme. Read More >>

Advertising Standards Bans Vodafone Broadband Ad

A series of TV and radio advertisements for Vodafone's home broadband services featuring Martin Freeman have been banned by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA). The ads state that "Vodafone guarantee your home broadband speeds or money off until it's fixed". Acting on a series of complaints, including one from BT, the ASA has banned the ads on account of unsubstantiated claims. Read More >>