BBB National Programs Decisions
6/15/2021 - National Advertising Division Recommends Charter Communications Discontinue or Modify Certain TV Commercial Claims for Spectrum Internet
New York, NY – June 15, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs recommended that Charter Communications, Inc. discontinue or modify certain comparative speed claims for its Spectrum Internet service versus AT&T, which appeared in its “Welcome Back Party” and “Great Offers” television commercials. The claims at issue were challenged by AT&T Services, Inc. and included express and implied claims.
6/10/2021 - DSSRC Recommends Direct Selling Company Aihu Discontinue Certain Health-Related Product Performance Claims
McLean, VA – June 10, 2021 – The Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) opened an inquiry into several health-related product performance claims made on the company website and on social media by Aihu, Inc, a direct selling company that sells biodegradable, organic essential oil skincare products, and its salesforce members. The inquiry commenced through DSSRC’s ongoing independent monitoring of advertising and marketing claims in the direct selling industry. DSSRC was concerned that the representative claims communicated that Aihu’s products could protect against serious health-related conditions.
6/08/2021 - National Advertising Division Finds Certain Claims for Crest Whitening Emulsions Supported; Recommends Discontinuation or Modification of Others
New York, NY – June 8, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) determined that The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) provided a reasonable basis for claims that its Crest Whitening Emulsions provide “better” or “100% whiter” results and that it “whitens better” than P&G’s own ARC Pen, but recommended that P&G modify its advertising to clearly and conspicuously disclose that the object of its comparative claims is the ARC Pen. NAD also found that P&G provided a reasonable basis for its “virtually no sensitivity” claim. NAD recommended that P&G modify the claims “faster” and “5x active peroxide droplets suspended in a hydrating base to whiten teeth,” discontinue or modify the claim “stops stains before they set in,” and discontinue certain other claims.
5/27/2021 - Children’s Advertising Review Unit Recommends IMC Toys Include “Non-Edible” Disclosure in Cry Babies Magic Tears Tutti Frutti Doll Advertisement
New York, NY – May 27, 2021 – The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) recommended that IMC Toys USA Inc. modify its television advertisement promoting the Cry Babies Magic Tears Tutti Frutti doll to include a clear and conspicuous disclosure that children should not consume the jell-like substance produced by the doll. CARU also recommended that future advertisements not refer to the tears as jelly. IMC Toys has informed CARU that the ad is no longer running and that it will not run in the current format again.
5/25/2021 - Claims Comparing TVision Live Service to Cable TV Discontinued Due to T-Mobile’s Termination of the Service During National Advertising Division Challenge
New York, NY – May 25, 2021 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. informed the National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs that it has permanently discontinued challenged claims made in connection with its TVision Live service, including that TVision Live is half the price of cable and allows customers to watch “only what you want.” During the proceeding, the advertiser informed NAD that the TVision Live service has been discontinued and, as a result, the challenged claims were also permanently discontinued.
5/19/2021 - National Advertising Division Refers Quicken Loans’ “No Registration, No Login” Claims to Federal Trade Commission for Further Review
New York, NY – May 19, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs has referred advertising claims made by Quicken Loans to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for review. Through its routine monitoring program, NAD challenged “No Registration, No Login” claims made by Quicken Loans in connection with encouraging consumers to refinance their mortgage and learn more about its low refinancing rates. The advertiser did not respond to NAD’s request to provide substantiation for its claims.
5/19/2021 - Lemonade, Inc. Voluntarily Discontinues Certain Pet Health Insurance Claims Following National Advertising Division Challenge
New York, NY – May 19, 2021 – Lemonade, Inc., a provider of pet health insurance, informed the National Advertising Division (NAD) that it has permanently discontinued challenged express claims regarding the speed at which consumers can expect veterinarian claims to be paid by Lemonade. The advertiser’s claims, which appeared in online advertising and social media, were challenged by Trupanion, Inc., which offers competing pet insurance policies. During the proceeding, the advertiser informed NAD that it had permanently discontinued the challenged express claims.
4/28/2021 - Children’s Advertising Review Unit Determines Development Platform Unity Did Not Have Actual Knowledge of Ad SDK Data Collection in Child-Directed Apps
McLean, VA – April 28, 2021 – The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU), a division of BBB National Programs, determined that Unity Technologies did not have actual knowledge, as defined by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and CARU’s Guidelines for Online Privacy Protection, that the company’s advertising software developer kit (Ads SDK) was collecting persistent identifiers from child-targeted apps Number Coloring and Cats and Cosplay. Initially brought to CARU’s attention through an investigation conducted by the International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC), Unity is a software platform that provides solutions to create, run, and monetize interactive real-time 2D and 3D content for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and augmented and virtual reality devices.
4/27/2021 - National Advertising Division Recommends Charter Communications Discontinue Spectrum Mobile “Fastest Overall Speeds” Nationwide Claim; Advertiser to Appeal
New York, NY – April 27, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) determined that evidence offered by Charter Communications to support its claim that Spectrum Mobile delivers the “fastest overall speeds” nationwide was not a good fit. In recommending that the claim be discontinued, NAD found that Charter is not delivering an “overall fastest” (aggregated) speed to the consumer. It is only when the consumer is in certain geographic markets or connected to Spectrum WiFi (at home or via hotspot) that the consumer gains a speed advantage over competing providers. Charter will appeal NAD’s recommendation. The claim that Spectrum Mobile offers “the fastest overall speeds,” which appeared in website advertisements, television, radio, as well as internet commercials, was challenged by AT&T Services.
4/22/2021 - National Advertising Division Recommends Natural Diamond Council Discontinue Certain Advertising Claims on Benefits of Mined Versus Man-Made Diamonds
New York, NY – April 22, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended that the Natural Diamond Council discontinue certain advertising claims comparing mined diamonds with man-made diamonds, including the carbon emissions associated with diamond mining compared with diamond manufacturing, the scarcity of mined diamonds, the resale value of mined diamonds versus man-made diamonds, as well as claims that described mined diamonds as “real”, in contrast to man-made diamonds. The claims at issue, which appeared on the Natural Diamond Council’s website and in marketing assets that the advertiser makes available to retailers, were challenged by Diamond Foundry, Inc., a manufacturer of laboratory-grown diamonds (LGDs).