Creative Ad Policies
These Guidelines are not an exhaustive list of prohibitions, but rather represent platform principles. RTBStudio reserves the right to reject, suspend, or remove from its platform any ad in its sole discretion, regardless of whether a basis for removal is listed here. These Guidelines do not limit RTBStudio’s discretion in any way.
Ads that do not meet the standards set forth in these Guidelines may be subject, at RTBStudio ’s discretion, to platform-wide blocks (and may also be prohibited from purchasing ad inventory on the RTBStudio platform through other channels as well). Buyers that repeatedly violate these Guidelines may have their platform access restricted or revoked. Buyers that purchase or place ads on behalf of their own affiliates or customers must ensure that the ads they purchase or place comply with these Guidelines.
Prohibited Creatives and Related Content
Buyers cannot use the RTBStudio exchange for ads that do or promote any of the following:
- Binary options and synonymous products
- Cryptocurrencies and related content (including but not limited to initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurrency wallets, and cryptocurrency trading advice)
- Promote online gambling in jurisdictions where online gambling is illegal or otherwise restricted
- Contain nudity or overly suggestive content or images
- Ads must not promote the sale or use of adult products or services, except for ads for family planning and contraception. Ads for contraceptives must focus on the contraceptive features of the product, and not on sexual pleasure or sexual enhancement, and must be targeted to people 18 years or older.
- Promote dating, escort services, “mail-order brides,” or similar services
- Sell or promote illegal drugs, marijuana, marijuana byproducts, drug paraphernalia, or ways to pass a drug test. Cannabis will be reviewed on a case by case basis and will be subject to potential removal by RTBStudio or selective opt-in by publishers.
- Content that promotes or incites hatred against, discrimination of, or disparagement of an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization, or is a protected class
- Content that harasses, intimidates, or bullies an individual or group of individuals
- Content that threatens or advocates for harm to oneself or others
- Content that seeks to exploit others
- Promotions containing violent language, gruesome or disgusting imagery, or graphic images or accounts of physical trauma
- Promotions containing gratuitous portrayals of bodily fluids or waste
- Promotions containing obscene or profane language
- Content that promotes cruelty or gratuitous violence towards animals
- Solicitation of funds or donations by people or organizations who are not politicians, political parties, or tax-exempt charities.
- Promotion of free desktop software, unless the ad includes the name of the specific software being promoted and leads to the authoritative online distribution source for the software. The authoritative source must not have a history or reputation of policy violations.
- Malware; Content that contains, installs, links to, or prompts the download of any malware.
- Auto-redirects; Content that automatically redirects to other sites or apps.
- Fake Errors and Messages; Content that displays fake errors or warnings to induce user action, including, for example, warnings about viruses, missing codecs, and corrupt disks.
- Ads must not contain content that infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights. Examples include celebrity images and representation as well as using the name of an unaffiliated publisher in such a way that would imply a relationship with the ad or landing page and such unaffiliated publisher.
- Ads must not contain deceptive, false, or misleading content, including deceptive claims, offers, or business practices.
- Ads must not direct people to non-functional landing pages. This includes landing page content that interferes with a person’s ability to navigate away from the page.
- Ads must not contain content leading to external landing pages that provide an unexpected or disruptive experience. This includes misleading ad positioning, such as overly sensationalized headlines, and leading people to landing pages that contain minimal original content and a majority of unrelated or low quality ad content.
- Sites or apps that are under construction, parked domains, or are otherwise not functional
- Sites that are not viewable in commonly used browsers
- Sites that have disabled the browser’s back button
- Ads that do not behave identically when viewed for a compliance audit by RTBStudio or a partner and when purchased through the exchange, such as different images, different click-through behavior, or different landing page experiences
Legal & Regulatory Compliance
- Ads must comply with all applicable laws, rules, or regulations in any relevant jurisdiction. This includes laws, rules, and regulations that relate to the placement of ads through online behavioral advertising, and to the delivery of ads to children.
- Ads must not include or contain any content that infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party (including rights conferred or otherwise protected by patents, copyrights, trademarks, or trade secrets).