Revealed: Facebook enables ads to target users interested in ‘vaccine controversies’

Social media platforms under pressure by US congressman to crack down on anti-vaccine propaganda, citing Guardian investigationsFacebook enables advertisers to promote content to nearly 900,000 people interested in “vaccine controversies”, the Guardian…

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Gambling ads to be banned from child-friendly sites and games

New rules also prohibit celebrities who look under-25 from appearing in promotionsGambling adverts will no longer be allowed to appear on websites or in computer games that are popular with children, under new rules designed to stop irresponsible gambl…

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Digital ad market under fresh scrutiny amid competition concerns

UK government backs investigation into dominance of Facebook and GoogleFacebook and Google could be forced to open up their businesses and share details of how their advertising model works, after the government backed an investigation into concerns th…

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I’m a Celebrity … app maker forced to pull gambling adverts

ASA says app sponsored by Tombola did not do enough to protect under-18sThe advertising watchdog has banned gambling ads that ran in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here app for breaking rules designed to protect children from being encouraged to…

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What 2,000 job cuts tell us: the free market kills digital journalism

Big commercial online news providers are shedding staff in large numbers as social media firms swallow advertising revenuesIn December 2016, Jonah Peretti, the charismatic founder of the digital news and entertainment company BuzzFeed, penned his annua…

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Forcing social-media influencers to be clear about #ads? Good luck with that | Amelia Tait

With seemingly infinite ways for celebrities to blur posts that are adverts, authorities’ efforts are a laughing stockIzzy just wants to tell the world about her skincare regime. The blond teenager has suffered with acne for years – at school, one bull…

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