Halloween: UK Authorities Ban a Spotify Advertisement for ‘Causing Distress to Children’

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Good job, Spotify.  You’ve just scarred a generation of children for life.  But, the real question remains – where exactly were the parents? So be careful when looking for that Halloween playlist!

Spotify has come under fire for an advertisement deemed obscene and traumatizing for children. According to the British advertising industry watchdog, the clip has caused distress to children who viewed it. The ASA lambasted Spotify for purposefully advertising the commercial “on a channel that children are likely to watch.” A parent had filed a complaint, stating the company caused emotional distress to a child.

Defending the commercial, the streaming music service had stated the video didn’t cause ‘undue distress.’  In fact, Spotify said it had designed and shot the clip as a parody of popular horror movies.

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