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AT&T and Hasbro pull YouTube ads over abuse claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption AT&T is America’s biggest telecoms company AT&T and Hasbro have become the latest firms to pull adverts from YouTube over claims paedophiles are leaving offensive comments next to videos of children on the platform. The telecoms firm and toymaker follow food giant Nestle, which on Wednesday said it had also “paused” its ads. YouTube said it had disabled comments on millions of videos that “could be subject to predatory comments”. It is not the first time it has faced anger over comments left on…

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AT&T pulls ads from YouTube over videos exploiting children

FILE PHOTO: An AT&T logo is seen at a AT&T building in New York City, October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File Photo (Reuters) – AT&T Inc pulled all its advertising from Alphabet Inc’s YouTube for the second time in two years after a magazine reported the platform displayed ads next to videos that showed the exploitation of children. “Until Google can protect our brand from offensive content of any kind, we are removing all advertising from YouTube,” an AT&T spokesman said in a statement on Thursday. The move comes just one…

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Nestle and Epic pull YouTube ads over offensive content

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kit-Kat maker Nestle is one of several firms that have “paused” YouTube adverts The food giant Nestle and several other big companies have pulled their adverts from YouTube following claims they appeared next to offensive content. It comes after a vlogger accused YouTube of failing to stop a “soft-core paedophilia ring” on its platform. The vlogger said the firm made it easy to find videos of young girls, even though comments clearly showed that viewers were sexualising the videos. YouTube said it took “immediate…

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Crackdown on young celebs in gambling ads

Image copyright ASA Image caption Ads like this should be more heavily restricted in future, say watchdogs Rules around gambling ads, which include a ban on the use of young celebrities and sports stars, will become stricter, especially online. From 1 April, gambling operators will also have to ensure that the majority of the audience of any social media influencers they work with are over 18. The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) said it was designed to protect children from irresponsible ads. A recent UK study suggested 450,000 11 to…

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Paris to sue Airbnb over ‘illegal ads’

Image copyright Getty Images The city of Paris is suing Airbnb for €12.5m (£11m) over 1,000 adverts for what it says are illegal rentals. Homeowners in the city can rent out their properties for only 120 days per year. They must register themselves as a business and display their registration number on any advertising. Under French law, companies can be fined up to €12,500 for each advert. Airbnb said the rules in Paris were “inefficient, disproportionate and in contravention of European rules”. According to a 2018 report by analyst Statista,…

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I’m A Celebrity app’s gambling ads criticised

Image copyright ASA Gambling games promoted within the official I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! app have earned the firm behind them a rebuke from the UK’s advertising watchdog. Gibraltar-based Tombola both sponsored ITV’s app and featured ads for its products inside, including virtual fruit machines and scratch cards. Tombola said it had determined that most users would be 18 or older. But the regulator said the ads should not have appeared without an age check. As a result, the Advertising Standards Authority has told Tombola it must…

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Celebrity ads for diet aids should be banned says top doctor

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Kardashian West has promoted diet aids on social media England’s top doctor has called on social media companies to ban “damaging” celebrity-endorsed social media ads promoting weight loss aids. Some celebrities with large followings are promoting products like diet pills and detox teas on social media. Prof Stephen Powis, NHS medical director, argues these products have a damaging effect on the physical and mental health of young people. He is also urging influential celebrities to act “responsibly”. Prof Powis said: “If a product…

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Facebook keeps attracting digital ads, shares jump after hours

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc reported better-than-expected profit on Wednesday, showing that digital advertisers were still flocking to spend money on the service in order to reach customers even after a series of high profile embarrassments for the world’s largest online social media network. Investors have worried that Facebook’s pledge to invest heavily to improve its privacy and security standards would blunt the company’s growth, but its fourth-quarter results appeared to soothe those concerns, sending its stock price up more than 11 percent after hours. “The worst is over for this…

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Facebook tightens paid ads rules ahead of EU elections

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Facebook said on Monday it will strengthen its rules and safeguards around political adverts to prevent foreign interference in elections, including those in Europe this year. The world’s largest social network has faced pressure from regulators and the public after last year’s revelation that British consultancy Cambridge Analytica had improperly acquired data on millions of U.S. users to target election advertising. Fears about misinformation and interference have intensified with elections due this year for the European Parliament and several EU countries including Belgium and Finland. “We will…

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Social media stars agree to declare when they post ads

Image copyright BBC/Reuters Image caption Zoe Sugg (Zoella), singer Rita Ora and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are among those who have agreed changes Sixteen social media stars including singers Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora, models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung, and vlogger Zoella have agreed to change how they post online. They will have to clearly state if they have been paid or received any gifts or loans of products they endorse. It follows warnings from the Competition and Markets Authority that their posts could break consumer law. Online endorsements can…

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