Rulings (123)
  • Aspro Atlantic Medikal Turizm Ticaret Limited ┼×irketi t/a AsproMED

    • Upheld
    • Social media (paid ad)
    • 27 September 2023

    A paid-for Facebook ad for cosmetic surgery abroad was irresponsible, trivialised the decision to undergo surgery, contained misleading claims about bariatic surgery and misleadingly omitted information regarding the need for pre-consultation.

  • Ersoy Health Services Tourism Ltd t/a Clinic Haus

    • Upheld
    • Social media (paid ad)
    • 27 September 2023

    A paid-for Facebook ad for cosmetic surgery abroad irresponsibly implied a time-limited promotion, trivialised the decision to undergo surgery and misleadingly omitted information regarding the need for pre-consultation.

  • Polyverse Inc

    • Upheld
    • App (paid ad)
    • 06 December 2023

    An in-game mobile app ad was irresponsible, likely to cause serious and widespread offence and had been irresponsibly targeted for overly sexualising and objectifying women.

  • South African Foods Ltd t/a Candy Store 4 You

    • Upheld
    • Social media (influencer or affiliate ad)
    • 06 December 2023

    A TikTok post on Saira Hayati’s account for sea salt made health and nutrition claims that were in breach of the rules and claimed to prevent, treat or cure human disease, which broke the rules.

  • Imiracle (HK) Ltd t/a ELFBAR

    • Upheld
    • Poster, Digital outdoor
    • 29 November 2023

    A poster ad and digital billboard ad for Elfbar vapes misleadingly omitted information about limited recycling options, mislead about the environmental benefit the products offered and misleadingly highlighted an environmental benefit that comes from a legal obligation which also impacts competing products.

  • Play&Date Entertainment Zone

    • Upheld
    • App (paid ad)
    • 29 November 2023

    An in-app ad was irresponsible and likely to cause serious, widespread offence for trivialising and condoning sexual violence towards women, and was targeted irresponsibly.

  • Toyota (GB) plc

    • Upheld
    • Poster, Social media (paid ad)
    • 22 November 2023

    A paid-for Facebook post and a poster ad condoned using vehicles in a way that disregarded their impact on nature and the environment, and as such were socially irresponsible. 

  • GM Unicorn Corporation Ltd

    • Upheld
    • App (paid ad)
    • 15 November 2023

    An in-game ad for a mobile app game was inappropriately targeted and was irresponsible, likely to cause serious and widespread offence and included a gender stereotype in a way that was likely to cause harm.

  • Mecca Bingo Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Social media (own site)
    • 15 November 2023

    An Instagram post featuring Baga Chipz irresponsibly suggested gambling could enhance a person’s self-image or self-esteem.

  • Naked Wolfe Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Social media (paid ad)
    • 15 November 2023

    A paid-for Facebook ad featured a model who appeared unhealthily thin.

  • Norfolk Dinosaur Park Ltd t/a PrimEvil

    • Upheld
    • Poster
    • 15 November 2023

    A poster for a horror-themed Halloween event was likely to cause children fear or distress.

  • SpiderfarmerLED

    • Upheld
    • App (paid ad)
    • 15 November 2023

    An in-app ad irresponsibly condoned growing cannabis.

  • Studiocanal Ltd t/a Studiocanal

    • Upheld
    • VOD
    • 15 November 2023

    Two video-on-demand ads contained images and a level of jeopardy not suitable for general audiences, and was likely to cause unjustifiable fear and distress.

  • WHM Hair Transplant and Aesthetics t/a WHM Clinic

    • Upheld
    • Social media (paid ad)
    • 15 November 2023

    A paid-for Facebook ad for cosmetic surgery abroad was irresponsible for exploiting insecurities around body image, trivialised the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery and omitted information about the need for a pre consultation.

  • Geekvape Electronic Cigarettes (UK) Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (video)
    • 08 November 2023

    A TikTok post on Lucci Love’s account promoted unlicensed, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and their components.

  • Vaporesso

    • Upheld
    • Internet (video)
    • 08 November 2023

    Two TikTok posts on Ethan Overton and Lucky Ben’s accounts promoted unlicensed, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and their components.

  • Voopoo International Inc

    • Upheld
    • Internet (video)
    • 08 November 2023

    Three TikTok posts on Chantel Surge, Charlie Morrison and Lorenx’s accounts promoted unlicensed, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and their components.

  • Chengyi Daily Department Store t/a Shop1102829235 Store

    • Upheld
    • Website (paid ad)
    • 01 November 2023

    A paid-for ad on AliExpress was irresponsible for featuring a model that appeared unhealthily thin and made medicinal claims for an unlicensed product.

  • Daniels Vapes t/a danielsvapes1

    • Upheld
    • Social media (paid ad)
    • 01 November 2023

    A paid-for TikTok ad promoted unlicensed nicotine-containing vapes, and TikTok breached the rules for Video Sharing Platforms regulated by statute by an including an ad for electronic cigarettes.

  • Dr Rani Ltd t/a Daily Chemist

    • Upheld
    • Search (paid)
    • 01 November 2023

    A paid-for search ad promoted asthma inhalers, which are prescription-only medicines, to the general public.