advertisement saying not to give money to homeless banned by UK

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  1. kazenatsu

    kazenatsu Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    An advertisement put out by a local government, telling people not to give money to the homeless, has been banned by the UK.

    Nottingham City Council believed it had the answer.
    But its series of hard-hitting posters telling the public not to hand over their cash to beggars have since been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority.
    The ASA said the posters, which claimed money given to beggars would be used on drugs, alcohol and fraud, reinforced "negative stereotypes" and were likely to cause offence.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-37488612


    This is what you get in a country like the UK that tells people what type of advertisements and messages can be posted.

    Maybe this all sounds perfectly normal to someone living in the UK, but Americans may be shocked that this exists.
     
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    'Girl Boss' advert banned for gender stereotyping

    An advert saying "You do the girl boss thing" has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

    People Per Hour, an online platform that connects businesses and freelancers, ran the advert on the London Underground last year.
    The ASA upheld 19 complaints it received about the advert and ruled that it reinforced "harmful gender stereotypes".
    The firm removed the word "girl" from the advert and issued an apology.
    The offending advert received complaints for taking a patronising approach to a woman running a business.
    The ASA said the phrase "We'll do the SEO thing", referring to internet search engine optimisation, also implied that women were not skilled at using technology.​

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51032631


    So apparently the UK government bans advertisements from airing if they are deemed to give the wrong social message.
     
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    Not all .. But many homeless take your donations and buy drugs.
    Telling people not to give money to the homeless is normal.
     
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    Saying that could "reinforce negative stereotypes".
     
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