Rulings (84)
  • Shop Direct Home Shopping Ltd t/a Very, very.co.uk, Littlewoods, littlewoods.com

    • Upheld
    • Radio
    • 11 May 2022

    This ruling replaces one from November 2021; however, we have continued to uphold the complaint.

  • Tesco Mobile Ltd t/a Tesco Mobile

    • Upheld in part
    • National newspaper (paid ad), Poster, Social media (paid ad)
    • 11 May 2022

    We banned ads for replacing expletives with food terms.

  • Transform Hospital Group Ltd t/a Transform

    • Upheld
    • Email
    • 11 May 2022

    We banned an ad for trivialising plastic surgery.

  • UAB Ekomlita t/a nuubu

    • Upheld
    • Internet (display)
    • 11 May 2022

    We partly upheld complaints against ads for kitchen knives.

  • Adidas UK Ltd t/a Adidas

    • Upheld
    • Poster, Social media (own site)
    • 11 May 2022

    We upheld complaints against ads containing nudity.

  • Paramount UK Partnership t/a Comedy Central, Paramount Comedy Channel

    • Upheld
    • Internet (video)
    • 29 June 2022

    A pre-roll ad on YouTube for a Comedy Central programme was likely to cause serious offence and was irresponsibly targeted.

  • Relx (UK) Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Social media (influencer or affiliate ad)
    • 29 June 2022

    An Instagram story on Louis Shaw’s account was not obviously identifiable as an ad and promoted unlicensed, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes on social media.

  • Wild Drinks Group Ltd t/a Whisp Drinks

    • Upheld
    • Social media (influencer or affiliate ad)
    • 29 June 2022

    We banned an ad on Rosie Breen’s TikTok page for making health claims about an alcoholic product, encouraging excessive drinking and featuring someone under 25 years of age.

  • Person(s) unknown

    • Upheld
    • Website (own site), Internet (sponsored search)
    • 22 June 2022

    We banned an online ad for a company claiming to be able to treat depression and other medical conditions, over unsubstantiated claims over treatments’ efficacy.

  • Prettylittlething.com Ltd t/a Prettylittlething.com

    • Upheld
    • Internet (website content)
    • 22 June 2022

    We upheld complaints about an online product listing for a pair of jeans, as it objectified women.

  • PPB Counterparty Services Ltd t/a Paddy Power

    • Not upheld
    • Radio
    • 15 June 2022

    A radio ad for a bookmaker did not break rules on harm and offence with regards to references to emigration and sporting rivalries.

  • PPB Counterparty Services Ltd t/a Paddy Power

    • Not upheld
    • Radio
    • 15 June 2022

    A radio ad for a bookmaker did not break the rules on harm and offence on the grounds of innuendo or portrayal of gender stereotypes

  • PPB Counterparty Services Ltd t/a Paddy Power

    • Upheld
    • Television, VOD
    • 15 June 2022

    A TV and VOD ad by a bookmaker broke the rules by portraying gambling as taking priority in life over family and encouraging repetitive or frequent participation in gambling.

  • Vegan Friendly UK

    • Upheld in part
    • Television
    • 08 June 2022

    A TV ad for Vegan Friendly UK was likely to cause distress to both younger and adult audiences and therefore was not suitable for broadcast on TV regardless of scheduling restrictions.

  • Ayoomi Technology Co Ltd

    • Upheld
    • App (paid ad)
    • 01 June 2022

    An in-game ad was socially irresponsible and likely to cause serious or widespread offence for objectifying women or presenting them as stereotyped sexual objects and featuring implied non-consensual sexual acts. 

  • Cellar Door Ltd t/a OrchidRomance

    • Upheld
    • Internet (video)
    • 01 June 2022

    A paid-for YouTube ad for an online introduction agency portrayed a female model, who seemed to be under 18 years of age, in a sexual way and was therefore irresponsible.

  • GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (UK) Trading Ltd

    • Not upheld
    • Television
    • 25 May 2022

    A TV ad for over-the-counter heartburn relief medicine was not irresponsible or harmful as I did not discourage essential treatment for conditions for which medical supervision should be sought.

  • Stacey Bradley

    • Upheld
    • Newspaper
    • 25 May 2022

    Two local press ads, one print and one digital, misleadingly implied they had been placed, endorsed or approved by a public body and misleadingly implied COVID-19 vaccinations were unsafe and illegal. They were socially irresponsible and caused fear without justifiable reason.

  • Stephen Bear t/a Pink Panther Models

    • Upheld
    • Internet (website content)
    • 25 May 2022

    A website for an adult webcam modelling recruitment agency made misleading earnings claims and inaccurate statement about the organisation’s experience in the sector.

  • Alibaba Group Holding Limited t/a Alibaba

    • Upheld
    • Website (paid ad)
    • 18 May 2022

    A website ad for an online retailer was irresponsible for portraying a female model who was under the age of 18 in a sexual way.