Rulings (22)
  • BetIndex Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (video)
    • 18 September 2019

    A BetIndex ad on YouTube broke the rules for encouraging gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible, not making clear the associated financial risks and for creating the false impression that the product was an investment opportunity.

  • The White Star Key Group Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 31 July 2019

    An Instagram post promoting a weight loss food supplement, published by Influencer Jemma Lucy (@jemlucy) on 5 May 2019 showed her sitting at a table in a bikini and socks, holding a mug. Three packets were featured on the table. Text stated “I’ve been staying in shape with my go to @skinnycaffe products....

  • Paramount Pictures UK

    • Not Upheld
    • Poster
    • 17 July 2019

    A poster for the cinema release of the film ‘Pet Sematary’ (2019) seen on the side of a bus, in April 2019, featured an image of children with animal masks and carrying various objects, including a spade, a crucifix and a wheelbarrow, walking through the woods with crucifixes in the background. Text beneath...

  • Universal Music Operations Ltd

    • Not Upheld
    • Television
    • 10 July 2019

    A TV ad for Billie Eilish’s album ‘When we all fall asleep, where do we go?’, seen at around 8.15 pm on 29 March 2019 began with on-screen text that stated the name of the artist while a voice-over said, “This is ‘When we all fall asleep, where do we go?’ the debut album from Billie ...

  • BetIndex Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 21 August 2019

    A paid-for Facebook ad for Football INDEX – Bet & Trade, seen 20 May 2019, promoted a gambling app. Text stated "Jadon Sancho is now the football stockmarket's third most valuable player, with many traders seeing handsome profits”. It also listed the name, image and "Buy" and "...

  • McDonald's Restaurants Ltd

    • Not Upheld
    • Radio
    • 14 August 2019

    A radio ad for McDonald's, broadcast on Virgin Radio on 8 March 2019, featured a conversation between two men about their respective lunches. One reported that he had a "packed lunch ... with a cheeky little choccy bar". The other remarked "That looks tiny, have they made them smaller?” to whic...

  • Mondelez UK Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Television, VOD
    • 14 August 2019

    A TV ad and video on demand (VOD) ad for the soft cheese, Philadelphia: a. The TV ad, seen on 14 June 2019, featured a woman passing a baby to a man who then held the baby in his arms. Another man appeared carrying a baby in a car seat. The first man said “New dad, too?” and the second man nodded. The sc...

  • Nestlé UK Ltd

    • Not Upheld
    • Television
    • 14 August 2019

    A TV ad for Buxton bottled water, seen on 15 June 2019, featured a female ballet dancer, a male drummer and a male rower. The dancer was shown as a child and then as an adult practicing in a studio. The drummer was seen playing in a school gym and then on stage. The rower was shown training on a stationary bike and row...

  • Bonne Terre Ltd t/a Sky Bet

    • Not Upheld
    • Television
    • 10 July 2019

    A TV ad for Sky Bet, seen on 30 August 2018, promoting their “Request a Bet” service. The football presenter Jeff Stelling said, “Forget ‘anything can happen’, in sport anything does happen. But could it be better? With Request a Bet it could. Spark your sports brain and roll all the po...

  • Sanofi UK

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 03 July 2019

    A post on thismamalife’s Instagram account, seen in February 2019, featured an image of the blogger in bed smiling. In the background of the image was a packet of Phenergan Night Time tablets. The caption stated “[AD] Sleep. Who needs more of it? I'm really lucky in that I don't actually need a lot ...

  • Mondelez UK Ltd t/a Cadbury

    • Not Upheld
    • Internet (video)
    • 05 June 2019

    A TV ad, YouTube ad and cinema ad for Cadbury, seen in late November 2018:   a. The TV ad began with a secondary school-aged girl, wearing a Santa Claus mask and carrying a large ribbon-wrapped chocolate bar under her arm, walking through a school during classes. She dodged behind a wall to avoid a teacher a...

  • Cris Conf SpA t/a Pinko

    • Not Upheld
    • Internet (display)
    • 29 May 2019

    A display ad for Pinko, a clothing retailer, seen on The Guardian website on 22 February 2019 featured a female model posing. The model was wearing a trouser jumpsuit, a long sleeved sequined jacket and a hat.

  • WHG (International) Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 15 May 2019

    A paid-for message from William Hill seen on the dating app Tinder, on 11 March 2019, stated "Stuck in the friend zone? You won't be for much longer if you use this Cheltenham free bet offer. Join William Hill with code W40 and bet £10 on any Cheltenham race to get 4 X £10 free bets. T&Cs apply". This was...

  • Entertaining Play Ltd t/a Monopoly Casino

    • Upheld
    • Internet (display)
    • 08 May 2019

    A banner ad for Monopoly Casino, seen 7 February 2019 on the Mirror Online website, featured an image of the character ‘Mr Monopoly’ and text which stated “Monopoly Casino”, “SUPER MONOPOLY MONEY” and “PLAY NOW”.

  • Power Leisure Bookmakers Ltd t/a Paddy Power

    • Upheld
    • Television
    • 08 May 2019

    A TV ad for Paddy Power Rewards, seen in February 2019, featured Rhodri Giggs (brother of former footballer and now manager Ryan Giggs) speaking to camera, saying he had “[A]lways lived a loyal life” by drinking in the same pub, going to the same gym, etc. Shown in a pub, a woman behind the bar asked, "...

  • British American Tobacco UK Ltd t/a Vype

    • Not Upheld
    • Poster
    • 01 May 2019

    A poster for Vype electronic cigarettes, seen on a bus shelter on 28 February 2019.

  • Petfre (Gibraltar) Ltd t/a Betfred

    • Not Upheld
    • Television
    • 17 April 2019

    A TV ad for Betfred, seen 20 January 2019, featured a woman in the bath, a man preparing a meal and a woman exercising all while playing online bingo on mobile devices. The voice-over stated, “Love to chill in the bath? Make it a thrill and a laugh with Betfred bingo. Forget those two little ducks, soak up the ac...

  • Edrington Distillers Ltd t/a Macallan

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking), Television, VOD
    • 10 April 2019

    A TV ad, video on demand (VOD) ad and a paid-for ad on Instagram for Macallan whisky, seen in December 2018: a. The TV ad featured a man leaping off a cliff and tumbling towards the ground. As he fell, feathers started sprouting out of his arms and he began to grow wings. On-screen text stated "Would you risk f...

  • Suzuki GB plc

    • Not Upheld
    • Television
    • 10 April 2019

    A TV ad for Suzuki, seen on 8 January 2019, promoted the Suzuki Vitara car. The ad showed a car being driven through the streets of a city, then over a bridge and into the countryside, by a man. A voice-over, using a child’s voice, stated, “I’m 36, I’m a husband, a manager, and still very good l...

  • Cosmedicare UK Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Radio
    • 03 April 2019

    A radio ad for Cosmedicare, a cosmetic surgery company, heard 9 January 2019, which featured a female character composing a letter to a bar owner. The voice-over stated, “Dear Sir, apologises for Saturday night’s incident at your fine establishment. To explain, I had to show off my new Cosmedicare body beca...

Informally resolved (4)
  • Super Bock Bedidas SA

    • 10 July 2019

    Media: Internet (social networking), Internet (display)
    Topic: Alcohol

  • The Feel Good Group Ltd

    • 10 July 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Health conditions

  • HALFORDS LIMITED

    • 26 June 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Safety and security

  • Senso-Rex Ltd

    • 12 June 2019
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Health conditions, Medicines, remedies and therapies