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Betting firm William Hill ad banned for suggesting gambling leads to sexual success; It suggested those who gambled would be more likely to develop a friendship into a sexual relationship.

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Advertising watchdogs have banned an advert from William Hill because it linked sexual success with gambling.

The promotional message ran on the dating app Tinder in March and read: "Stuck in the friend zone? You won't be for much longer if you use this Cheltenham free bet offer."

This was followed by a link to download the William Hill app.

A reader complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that the ad broke advertising rules by linking gambling to sexual success.

The betting giant had argued that customers who signed up would "enter into a relationship with William Hill", and the ad was supposed to relate this to Tinder's business.

But William Hill said upon reflection it agreed that the ad could be interpreted differently, although it was not their intention to link gambling to sexual success.

Tinder said they reviewed the ad to ensure its content was not socially irresponsible, offensive or targeting minors, and published it on their platform after it passed their screening test.

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The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) accepted that William Hill had removed the ad, but said the ad's text suggested that those who gambled would be more likely to develop a friendship into a sexual relationship, and therefore linked gambling with sexual success.

It ruled that the ad must not appear again in the current form.

William Hill said: "We take on board what the ASA have said about this particular advert and have removed it from circulation."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 15, 2019
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