British American Tobacco (BAT) and three other e-cigarette firms have been banned from promoting their products on public Instagram pages in a ruling described by health campaigners as “a huge step forward”.
An ad for life insurance featuring an image of a man leaning his head against a wall and the strapline “Life insurance to die for” has been banned for trivialising suicide.
A television advert for food service Deliveroo has been banned for misleading customers after it became one of the most complained-about commercials of the year.
Ads for three prenatal testing services for genetic conditions including Down’s syndrome have been banned for using misleading statistics about their accuracy.
An ad for the app PopJam that encouraged users to “get likes and followers” has been banned over concerns it could be detrimental to children’s mental health and self-esteem.
A series of Government ads aiming to dispel “myths” about Universal Credit have been banned by a regulator for misleading the public.
A YouTube ad for the film Pet Sematary seen before Fortnite videos on the family gaming channels DanTDM and FGTEEV has been banned for being inappropriately targeted at children.
Ads for weight loss brands that appeared on the Instagram accounts of celebrities Lauren Goodger, Katie Price and Georgia Harrison have been banned for being irresponsible.
The advertising watchdog has launched a “survival kit” to help Love Island contestants follow rules when posting ads to their social media followers.
A television ad for teenage singer Billie Eilish’s album has been cleared with an “ex-kids” restriction after a watchdog found it was likely to distress younger children.
The head of the UK’s advertising watchdog has said social media platforms are “not as transparent as we would like”, as complaints about online ads spiked last year by 41%.
Ads for food giants KFC and Kellogg’s have been banned for promoting junk food to children, one outside a school and the other during a television cartoon programme.
Two television ads for Volkswagen promoting a safety feature on one of its cars have been banned for encouraging irresponsible driving.
A Heinz advert teaching viewers how to use tin cans to drum out a song has been banned for encouraging behaviour that risks health and safety.
Four Nottingham City Council posters urging people not to give money to beggars have been banned for being likely to cause widespread offence and reinforcing negative stereotypes.