Isn't this a YouTube problem, not a GiffGaff one?
Not that the ASA has as many teeth as a snail, but still
GiffGaff has been slapped for a second time by the UK's advertising regulator, this time for scaring kids with its YouTube advert depicting a woman screaming in terror while being pursued by a chainsaw-wielding maniac. After yelling "Someone please help me" a stream of other screaming characters appeared in its ad last year, …
"Surely this ruling means that all advertising not deemed suitable for kids, must now been pulled from YouTube in the UK?"
More to the point, over 18s shouldn't be letting under 18s watch youtube using that login.
Take 5 mins to setup a separate kiddie login and the "problem" would never have occured.
That's the part I don't get. How does the account holder become not responsible for their lack of intelligent use? The Brain Police should be hauling their ashes into court, for being STUPID enough to admit they allowed their account to be used by minors. I guess the beer company will be sued next when the kids get into the fridge?? It's getting just so stupid out there. While ignorance can be overcome, there is no hope for stupidity.
The issue here is that ads are being shown that are inapproriate for the content being _viewed_, it should not make any difference what age I am. I could be over 18 and be very sensitive to gore, even suggested. If I create a playlist called "Kids planet songs" and sit down to watch it I would not expect to have 18+ ads displayed in between videos.
I paid for cinema tickets last weekend with a credit card, many people accept that as proof I'm 18+ when purchasing online. The film was a U, would you expect to see ads that are rated 12, 15, 18 before a U film? Of course not, because the _target_ audience are kids. So if the target audience for something online are kids the ads should be appropriate.
> can't be bothered to log out
Logging out may not be a practical option. What if the software obtains permissions for your You tube account from an account on the device. Would you consider it sensible to force someone to logout device wide prior to viewing a few videos on YouTube? A lot of third party software misuses (IMHO) authorisation to various service and not provide logout/account dissociation mechanisms, would you expect someone to log onto google and revoke that apps permissions befre using it?
If someone needs to log out to ensure they don't see inappropriate advertisements you lose playlists, viewing history and more importantly, the ability to remotely (well room next door) monitor what is being watched and use chromecast to play stuff. Without being able to monitor and control what content is being played YouTube would be a no go for young children never mind a pain to use, which is a shame as there is loads of good learning resources on there, having to log off is severly limiting.
Finally, something legal. In the UK, restrictions exist on ads that "might result in harm to children physically, mentally or morally", this is clearly an example hence the complaint was upheld.
> Want to stand up to something? Choose something important.
I don't agree. If you said only stand up for one thing I'd agree, but if we only stood up for the _important_ things then we'd be in sorry state of affairs. Over the years I've stood up and continue to stand up for many things and been to a lot of demonstrations, amongst other incidents I've had my head kicked in by Combat 18 and been spat on idiots who pretend to be religioius.
> An ad with a guy with a chainsaw and a damsel in distress in it -
It is if it upsets your child, clearly you have never seen your own child really upset ans distressed as a result of something that could be avoided by people questioning themselves if their actions have sideaffects.
But I remain unconvinced, sorry.
Firstly, if everyone started "standing up" against everything they might find to be a slight irritant or annoyance, this country will become impossible to live in. Some things are better left ignored, lest bigger things be missed amongst the noise of pointless micro-protest. This is also good for one's blood pressure.
Secondly, I still maintain that a guy with a chainsaw is nothing on the importance scale. If it was some hardcore porn or, say, Ed Miliband's speech, I would have also raised my eyebrows, I'm sure.
Thirdly, the younglings need to have some resilience developed in them. Not all things in life are nice and cuddly. Occasionally something ugly shows up. Seeing daddy throwing toys from the pram because of a few seconds of innocuous video is a bad example for the kid.
But I bet the child did not even notice the ad or that there was anything untoward about it. It's all about the dad. I know the type - a serial complainer. He'd be sitting there, watching stuff, in the hope he'd see something he could complain about. As I said - poor kid.
Thousands must have seen that ad, only one complained - to me that says more about him than about the ad.
Yeah, I know, I begun to seriously dislike the guy - you can see that, I'm sure! :-)
VYVYAN: Michael and I are going to indulge in an all night orgy of sex and violence!
RICK: What, in the drawing room?
VYVYAN: Yeah. First we're going to have sex with the Headless Corpse and the Virgin Astronaut.
RICK: Ugh!. Won't the carpet get awfully sticky?
VYVYAN: It's a video nasty!!!
Hey if you want to watch fluffy / interesting stuff without worrying it'll warp someone's fragile little mind, www.wimp.com is the place for you, except you might want an adblocker to be completely sure everything's good. It is SFW but you might spend too long watching stuff there.
I notice a trend that any of us who say the parent should have some responsibility in this are downvoted? Is it that you'd rather slap Youtube around (maybe they should be) or that you don't think the parent should be blamed?
There's nasty stuff out there and part of a parent's job is to use some common sense to both teach and protect the children. To put the onus on government or Youtube or others does the child a disservice. Or maybe the downvoter's are just a bunch of lawyers who'd rather have parents sue then shoulder some responsibility.
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