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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Advertising Standards Has Ruled Amazon Prime’s “Guaranteed Next Day Delivery” Claims are Misleading

Well this is a serious blow for Amazon. After years of declaring that thousands of products have "guaranteed next delivery" for Amazon Prime members, the Advertising Standards Authority has decided it's had enough. It's expected to vote that these claims are misleading, which would effectively ban the retailer from saying Prime members get "unlimited one day delivery". Read More >>

Samsung’s Got Plenty More Adverts That Try and Make Apple the Butt of the Joke

The other day Samsung released three adverts that deliberately pointed out flaws in the iPhone, and made fun of them in an attempt to drive customers towards the Galaxy S9. Some were better than the others, but if you though Samsung was willing to stop at three you have another thing coming. Today it's gone and released three more, all along the same theme. Read More >>

Uber Will Drop Up to £373 Million on Ads Letting You Know How Truly Sorry It Is

When you screw up as hard as Uber has, an apology tour and a passing of the torch only goes so far. According to The Information, the ridesharing company plans to spend up to $500 million (£373 million) this year on ads intended to salvage its image. Read More >>

The BBC is Putting Adverts in Podcasts Now, Just Not in the UK

Regardless of your feelings on the BBC, we can all agree that it's nice to be able to watch TV or listen to the radio without having advertising forced on up at every available opportunity.  Today headlines have been circulating announcing that the BBC will start putting adverts into its podcasts, but the good news for us is that this only affects the rest of the world. We Brits will remain totally ad-free. Read More >>

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How to Stop Mozilla From Sticking Ads in Your Firefox Browser

Because all good things must come to an end, Mozilla has decided to follow through with its plan to insert ads into your sacred New Tab page, and it will be using Pocket — acquired in 2017 — to do it. Luckily, Firefox users can take control of the situation with just a bit of effort. Read More >>

AdBlock is Legal, Says German Federal Court of Justice

There are a lot of people who don't like adblock software. Advertisers, publishers, Google, you name it. While some of those companies have tried to subtly encourage people to accept ads (or  at least some ads in Google's case), there are those who want more proactive measures. Facebook announced it would circumvent adblockers, much to the fury of people around the world, but German publisher Axel Springer took it a step further and was trying to sue AdBlock Plus. Emphasis on "was" because that case has now been thrown out by the German Federal Court of Justice. Read More >>

Facebook Reportedly Wants to Use AI to Predict Your ‘Future Behaviour’—So Advertisers Can Change It

Among the unanswered questions at Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearings last week, the CEO was a bit stumped when asked if he would be willing to change Facebook’s business model in order to protect users’ privacy. Facebook’s data collection has received a lot of attention from a security perspective, but a new report illustrates why we should be just as concerned about how it uses that data to influence our behaviour. Read More >>

Researchers Conclude Google’s Play Store Is Likely Chock Full of Apps That Improperly Track Children

Thousands of apps may be tracking the online activity of children in ways that violate US privacy laws, according to a recent survey of Android apps available on the Google Play store. Read More >>

Netflix Puts Out £215 Million Offer to Buy Regular Old Billboard Company: Report

Netflix raised eyebrows with the £100 million budget it handed over to Martin Scorsese recently, but according to a Reuters report, it’s looking to pay out a lot more for some billboard real estate. The move could be seen as an escalation of its cold war with Hollywood. Read More >>

ASA Bans HTC’s Advert Featuring Tom Daley Snap Picture in a Swimming Pool

Another day, another advert gets banned by the Advertising Standards Authority - with good reason too. The regulator has declared an advert featuring Olympic diver Tom Daley using an HTC U11 to snap pictures is to be banned, because the phone isn't supposed to go anywhere near swimming pools. Read More >>

How Many Times Did Apple Make This Kid Lick the iPad?

Keeping with tradition, Apple has released an ad promoting its new iPad and educational tools for students and teachers after announcing the updated hardware and software during its education event. The heartwarming commercial is centred around “Group Three,” a cadre of five students who use an iPad to complete a class project about gravity. The ad, while highlighting the iPad’s new Pencil support and educational tools, raises another, perhaps even more important question concerning the actions of group member Thomas. Read More >>