Preferring to focus on the robustness of its transparency policies, Facebook has no plans to revise its micro-targeting policies or its approach to political advertising as the UK general election looms.
An investigation by the ad watchdog found brands including McDonald’s, Lidl and Marks & Spencer running ads for food high in fat, sugar or salt alongside videos on YouTube channels directed at children, although there is no suggestion the companies were actively targeting under-16s.
Online gambling ads featuring animated characters, celebrities or influencers who appeal to under-18s will be banned to protect children from harm.
Google might have an 80% share of the search market, but as the investigation by the US Department of Justice will no doubt show there are now many more ways people find information online.
Corporate-NGO partnerships have become increasingly important as brands seek to live up to their purpose during a year characterised by Covid-19 and global calls for social justice.
Reflecting on delivering 12 consecutive quarters of growth, Premier Foods CMO Yilmaz Erceyes says he would rather have a brilliant proposition over a multi-million pound marketing budget any day.
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