ASA uphold complaint against Virgin Media's 'con' advert
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have slapped the wrists of Virgin Media eight times (or, if you prefer, upheld eight out of eight complaints) after BT and Sky were angered by Virgin Media's 'Stop the Broadband Con' advertising campaign.
Basically, Virgin wanted to point out that ISPs don't deliver the broadband speeds they claim, taking umbrage with the whole 'speeds of up to' get-out clause so frequently used.
Not wholly unreasonable you might think. However, the ASA objected to Virgin's continued statements that consumers are being "conned" and the implication that ISPs deal with customers dishonestly. In addition to that, embarrassingly, the ASA also judged that Virgin were exaggerated claims.
Basically, don't talk yourself up and shoot your mouth off about everyone else or people will get angry and grass you up to the ASA.
If you'd like to read more about BT and Sky complaints, as well as Virgin's attempts to justify their claims, then visit the ASA website here. Warning. It is very, very dry.