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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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Samsung’s Latest Ad is All About How Apple Throttled Those iPhones

When it was discovered that Apple had been throttling older iPhone models without telling anyone, people rightly had some strong words to say about it. While the company insisted that the move designed to ensure a consistent user experience, and not to try and force them to upgrade, they were forced to make amends to everyone that had been affected. That means discounted battery replacements, and giving people the option to turn off throttling - though that may lead to "unexpected shutdowns". 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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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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Poundland’s Twitter Account is at it Again

Back before Christmas Poundland got into a bit of trouble over some risqué tweets involving a toy elf, which ended up with complaints being filed with the Advertising Standards Authority and a retroactive ban. Clearly Poundland didn't get the message that some people don't like naughty things, because it's back with some Easter-theme tweets along the same lines. Read More >>

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Video Adverts Are Coming to Google Play

Nobody likes adverts, but most of us have to accept that they're a part of life on the internet. People like video adverts even less, and yet companies keep pushing them as if they're good for anything other than pissing everybody off. Well Google's decided they're a wonderful idea, which is why it's rolling out video ads to the Google Play store. 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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Poundland’s Sexist Christmas Elf Ads Get Retrospective Ban

The Advertising Standards Authority has been exposed as a toothless advisory body with zero power to save us from the evils of marketing, as it's finally taken action on Poundland's bizarre rampant sexist Christmas elf social media campaign -- in February. Read More >>

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Posh Bottled Water Ads Banned for Life-Extending Claims

A bottled water brand that's too posh to be sold near where any of us lot live is in trouble, with the makers of No 1 Rosemary Water told to stop advertising it in a manner that suggests it's some sort of magical elixir with the power to extend life. All water is like that, in some way. Read More >>

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Costa and Co-op Open New Branches in the Actual Coronation Street

ITV and high street behemoths Co-op and Costa Coffee have signed a deal to bring a new level of mundane reality to Coronation Street, with a product placement arrangement seeing Co-op and Costa shop fronts added to the background imagery of the soap opera. Read More >>

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Ikea Creates an Advert for Women to Wee on

An advert for an Ikea cot in a Swedish magazine has broken weird new ground in terms of interactivity, with the ad asking for women to wee on it in order to receive a surprise. Read More >>

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Captain Birdseye’s a Hunky Silver Fox Now

The old, grey, marginally repulsive, Santa-like Captain Birdseye is long gone, with this latest reinvention of the baffling figurehead of fish fingers seeing the captain transformed in a hot 50-something suspiciously fit, supposed grandad. Read More >>

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The ASA Isn’t Having Any of Snapchat’s Captain Morgan Lens Filter

Snapchat is a wildly popular app, especially with teenagers, that includes a number of special lenses that alter the way you look. It's also the perfect place for sponsorship, with companies all over the world developing branded lenses for people to play with. One of those companies was Diaego, with a Captain Morgan-themed lens, and the Advertising Standards Authority is having none of it. Read More >>

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Poundland Not Yet Sorry About Sexual Harassment Elf Ads

Poundland appears to be trying to pull a Greggs with its latest festive marketing campaign, in which a sexually suggestive elf causes trouble of a kind that hasn't been endorsed by a major retailer since the 1980s. Read More >>