ASA powers extended to social media

The Advertising Standards Authority will soon be able to make adjudications on on social network adverts after a remit extension was agreed.


The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is to have its remit for the online world extended, to ensure the digital world is governed by the same standards as other media.

The regulatory body will be able to make adjudications on companies' marketing communications on their own websites, as well as social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

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From 1 March 2011, the ASA will be able to remove paid-for search advertising if it is deemed to be non-compliant with regulations.

Furthermore, the ASA will be allowed to place its own paid-for search ads online to highlight an advertiser's continued non-compliance.

Currently, the body can only adjudicate on ads in paid-for space and sales promotions wherever they are online.

"This significant extension of the ASA's remit has the protection of children and consumers at its heart," said ASA chairman Lord Chris Smith.

"We have received over 4,500 complaints since 2008 about marketing communications on websites that we couldn't deal with."

The extended powers were granted by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP). Between now and March, website owners will be encouraged to ensure their sites are in line with the new rules.

"Our aim has been to extend further in the online world the principles that are already well established in our system, namely those of effective consumer protection and fair competition," Andrew Brown, chairman of the CAP.

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Read on to look at our top 10 technology advert bans the ASA has picked up on in the past.

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