The Complainants said they found the advertisement offensive because of the use of the phrase “English sucks”. One of the complainants said the Māori language did not need to be promoted by insulting English. Another complainant said they found the advertisement degrading and racist.
The ASA received seven complaints about the advertisement. The Complainants raised concerns the advertisement was misleading because it exaggerated the neurological effects of fluoride on children and used fear to spread a counter-scientific message that fluoride is dangerous to children. The Advertiser said the purpose of the advertisement was to encourage people to attend a presentation on the toxicity of fluoride.
From Thursday 1 November 2018 all new advertising must comply with the Advertising Standards Code. This Code was developed by the ASA Codes Committee, which includes advertiser, agency, media and public representatives, and in consultation with industry and public sectors. The Advertising Standards Code is a consolidation of six codes – the Advertising Code of… Read More
The in-store display stand for LOL Surprise dolls included a picture of a doll dressed in a leather jacket over a bikini style top and pants with fishnet stockings and boots. The Complainant said the pictures shown on the display showed a cartoon image dressed and posed in a sexualised manner and was not age appropriate.
The Complaints Board said the likely consumer takeout of the claim ‘extraordinarily effective’ was that it provided an exceptional level of pain relief and was more effective than other types of pain relief. The Complaints Board ruled the Advertiser had not substantiated that the Pain Erazor provided an exceptional level of pain relief.
Over recent years the Advertising Standards Authority has increased its focus on developing industry engagement and awareness through education and training. We have helped many organisations improve their awareness and understanding of the Codes and the ASA processes.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has launched an advertising campaign across media platforms. The key messages are: “If an ad is wrong, the ASA is here to help put it right” And “You should be able to trust the ads you see. If an ad is wrong, the ASA is here to help put it… Read More
The Advertiser accepted the location of the advertisement was not ideal. The advertisement had been removed as the advertising campaign had now ended. The Advertiser said in future, where any of their advertising content is ‘at all edgy’ they will consider what is located nearby.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is currently reviewing the standards for gambling advertisements. The existing standards can be found in the Code for Advertising Gaming and Gambling. ASA Codes are developed by the ASA Codes Committee. This Committee is made up of representatives from the advertising, agency and media sectors and also includes a public… Read More
It has been a busy time at the ASA! On 2 July we launched the Advertising Standards Code. This Code was developed by the ASA Codes Committee, which includes advertiser, agency, media and public representatives, and in consultation with industry and public sectors. The ASA offered a variety of options for industry to learn about the new Advertising Standards Code.