Fourteen women and two men who
promote products and services to their fan bases on social media have pledged
to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that they will henceforth make
it clear when they are being paid in any way for their endorsement, making it
The women named by the CMA ,
after an investigation into the murky nature of selling on social media, are
model and writer Alexa Chung, Alexandra Felstead (Made in Chelsea TV) singer
Ellie Goulding, Holly Hagan (Geordie Shore TV), designer and model Rosie
Huntington – Whiteley, actress Michelle Keegan, model Iskra Lawrence, Camilla
Mackintosh (Made in Chelsea TV) Megan McKenna (Reality TV), singer Rita Ora,
Chloe Sims (Only Way is Essex TV), blogger Zoe Sugg, Louise Thompson (Made in
Chelsea TV) and blogger Dina Tonkia. The men named are blogger James Chapman
and Mario Falcone (Only Way is Essex TV). If they fail to comply with the
agreement reached with the CMA they could be taken to court, fined heavily or
face prison sentences of up to two years.
All of the above sixteen were
being investigated because they may have repeatedly broken the rules, which
require them to make it clear when an endorsement has been paid for.
Former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg
has started earning the high salary he is now paid by Facebook, by defending
Mark Zuckerberg’s firm against claims it damages the lives of young people with
posts of gory images of self-harm, and the glorification of suicide, on its
Instagram pages. Instagram currently stands accused of driving a 14 year old schoolgirl,
Molly Russell, who killed herself in 2017 after viewing Instagram posts about
Shown some of the sickening
pictures from Instagram in a BBC interview Clegg, who has three sons aged 16,
14 and 9, was asked “Slit wrists, smeared blood, a girl cuddling a teddy
bear with ‘This world is so cruel and I don’t want to see it any more’ – You’ve
got three children, would you let them anywhere near that” and Clegg
replied “No, of course not”.
Despite this he claimed his new
employer had been a “force for good” that “had helped troubled
Wonder if Clegg will ever
resign his well-paid puffing position, and his £7 million Californian house on
a matter of principle?
Meanwhile Facebook have
apparently paid children as young as 13 to install an app that lets Facebook
“researchers” spy on their emails, private messages, photos and web
Clegg commented that his
employer “needed to submit to more regulation”.
Ain’t it the truth?
Airline Cathy Pacific has won
plaudits for standing by an error it had made when publishing prices for first
class travel in its New Years Day sale.
The first-class fare from
Vietnam to New York, usually £12,700 was mistakenly shown as £536 for August,
cutting more than £12,000 off the fare. Cathy Pacific acknowledged their
mistake, blamed on human error, but congratulated those who had bought the
tickets at the “very good surprise price” and hoped they would make
Other airlines may have tried
to wriggle out…
Freida Pinto, the Indian
actress who rose to fame in the hit 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire has hit out
at cosmetic firm L’Oreal, claiming they lightened her skin colour in a photo
they used to promote an eyeshadow range.
Pinto, who became the face of
L’Oreal in 2009 says that she specifically excluded products designed to
lighten skin colour from her contracts.
L’Oreal denies that they
lightened Ms Pinto’s skin for their eyeshadow ad.
A Scots guardsman, Stephen
McWhirter, is set to quit the Army after they used his photograph in a
recruitment ad alongside copy that read “Snowflakes – the Army needs you
and your compassion”.
McWhirter, who pointed out that
“snowflake” was a modern derogatory term for oversensitive young
people and that he had been exposed to ridicule since the ad appeared.
Invidious and greedy overdraft
charges imposed by our banks are to be severely cut after investigation by the
Financial Conduct Authority (FCI), the City watchdog.
One example of the scale of the
rip-offs is treatment meted out by Natwest to customers who go £15 in the red
where no overdraft has been agreed. These unfortunates are then charged £8 per
day up to £72 per month, a figure way in excess of the actual debt. In some
cases the daily fees represent an interest charge of 20% per day, far higher
than the 0.8% a day cap the FCI imposed on payday lenders in a clean-up three
Rulings on essential changes to
bank’s behaviour needed are expected to be made by the FCI by June this year.
Online fashion firms have been
selling items trimmed with “faux” fur that has actually come from
This has been revealed in tests
carried out by Humane Society International (HSI) on coloured pom-poms on a
jumper from boohoo.com and a headband from accessories firm Zacharia. Both
firms sell through Amazon and both boast anti-fur policies, claiming they were
unaware that the fake fur was real.
Because of the appalling
conditions animals are kept in on fur farms, especially those in China, real
fur can be produced more cheaply than fake. The Advertising Standards Authority
(ASA) has banned ads promoting the items from the two companies, on the grounds
that they are misleading.
In the past “faux”
fur tested by HSI has been found to come from domestic dogs and cats, and
Transport for London (TFL) is
to axe ads for junk foods from Tube stations and bus stops from next month as
part of London mayor Sadiq Khan’s war on child obesity.
Ads for mayonnaise, pesto and
olive oil are also thought to be included and the ban is estimated to cost
deficit-hit TFL £13 million a year in lost revenue. Other products that may be
affected are butter, cheese and stock cubes.
Some MPs have accused Khan of
“pointless virtue signalling” and “grandstanding” –
previous bans imposed by him have been for “body-shaming” where the
ad featured a slim model in a bikini, “overtly sexual” where a woman
in tights showed her bare back and the “sexual objectification” of an
ad showing the topless torso of a fifty year old man.
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