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IAS Enhances TikTok Brand Safety with New Category Exclusions and Vertical Sensitivity Segments

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Integral Ad Science, a leading global media measurement and optimisation platform, announced it is expanding its unparalleled brand safety and suitability measurement reporting on TikTok to include new Category Exclusion and Vertical Sensitivity Segments, enabling advertisers to avoid a wider range of content unsuitable to their brand. This expansion further enhances and simplifies how advertisers measure and safeguard their campaigns on TikTok through IAS’s industry-leading, AI-driven Total Media Quality (TMQ) product and ensures they can confidently scale their brand on one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing short-form video entertainment platforms.

IAS is also expanding its industry-leading Brand Safety and Suitability Measurement on TikTok to an additional 11 countries, bringing the total to 62 countries, across 34 languages. IAS’s AI-driven Total Media Quality product for TikTok uses cutting-edge Multimedia Technology combining image, audio, and text signals with frame-by-frame video analysis to accurately classify content in the For You Feed, at scale, aligned to 12 GARM Brand Safety & Suitability categories and four risk levels.

“The rapid adoption of short-form video on social platforms like TikTok created demand for next-generation solutions that can provide protection and performance for advertisers. As the first independent, third-party digital media quality provider offering an end-to-end brand safety solution for TikTok, global advertisers now have access to AI-backed solutions to safeguard and scale their brands across one of the largest and fastest-growing social platforms around the globe,” Lisa Utzschneider, CEO of IAS, said.

The new expanded measurement capabilities further help advertisers on TikTok by adding:

  • New Category Exclusion and Vertical Sensitivity segments: IAS now provides independent, third-party assurance that advertisers’ campaigns are appearing next to brand suitable content aligned to the new segments available within TikTok Ads Manager. The categories include pets, beauty, food, fashion/retail, travel, financial services, technology, automotive, gaming, professional services, entertainment, gambling and lotteries, violent video games, combat sports, and youth content.
  • Ease of activation: With new Automated Suitability Profiles, the new Category Exclusion and Vertical Sensitivity Segments will automatically be applied within IAS Signal for measurement. IAS Signal is a unified reporting platform that delivers the data and insights advertisers need to easily manage their digital campaigns to provide a seamless interface for advertisers.
  • Deeper insights: IAS is aligning its reporting in Custom Report Builder (CRB) to the profiles advertisers create in TikTok Ads Manager, including campaign name, ad group, objective type, and ad buying type. Advertisers can now drill down to the ad creative level for deeper and more strategic actionable data.
  • Expanded coverage: IAS now supports 62 countries, expanding its AI-driven Brand Safety and Suitability Measurement for TikTok to 11 additional countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Norway and Panama.

“TikTok is continuously building and refining our brand safety and suitability solutions for advertisers, and evolving to stay ahead of emerging needs. We are excited to be partnering with trusted third-party measurement provider Integral Ad Science to complement our own TikTok Inventory Filter, and our new brand suitability controls Category Exclusion and Vertical Sensitivity, so advertisers are confident in the tools that empower them to connect with our community,” Chen-Lin Lee, Global Head of Measurement and Data Partnerships at TikTok, said.

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Playnetic strengthens European presence with licence to operate in Sweden

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Playnetic, the new immersive B2B iGaming provider has announced that it has been granted a Swedish licence, following regulatory approval from the Swedish Gambling Authority, Spelinspektionen. 

The licence allows Playnetic to launch its catalogue of innovative iGaming titles in Sweden, enabling the company to finalise partnerships with prominent operators across the country. 

This significant milestone marks a major step forward in supporting Playnetic’s ambitious growth plans, which include increasing its foothold in other European markets, as well as continued expansion in regulated markets across the globe. 

Dan Phillips, Playnetic CEO said: “Since launching in early 2023, Playnetic has been exploring expansion opportunities in Europe to penetrate new markets and we are thrilled with achieving this milestone.  

“Thanks to our experienced compliance team, we were able to obtain this licence promptly, which is a huge positive as the market entry lines up perfectly with our regulatory roadmap for 2024. We are looking forward to launching our innovative suite of games which feature captivating themes and mechanics to players and operators in Sweden.” 

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Bulgarian President Approves Gambling Law Amendments

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Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has decided not to veto the proposed amendments to the Gambling Law, which include a prohibition on gambling advertisements in the media.

Previously, President Radev had indicated that he was deliberating on the changes to the Gambling Law and was awaiting input from his advisors before making a final decision.

The prohibition on gambling advertisements in the media was approved by a significant majority of deputies during the final session of the 49th National Assembly. Despite objections raised by various media outlets, gambling operators, sports clubs, and other businesses between the readings, the amendments were endorsed. Some stakeholders argued against the ban, suggesting that public discussion should precede its adoption.

The initiative for the amendments originated from GERB and DPS, and it was introduced unexpectedly during the last days of the 49th National Assembly by Yordan Tsonev (DPS) and Temenuzka Petkova (GERB). The bill swiftly progressed through the legislative process, passing its first reading in the budget committee and subsequently receiving approval in the plenary session. An extraordinary meeting of the Committee on Budget and Finance was convened to facilitate the voting on the amendments before the deputies commenced their pre-election recess.

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Playson awarded ISO/IEC 27001:2022 certification

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Playson, the fast-growing digital entertainment supplier, has been granted an ISO/IEC 27001:2022 certificate, reinforcing its commitment to implementing robust compliance measures.

Having previously gained an ISO 27001:2013 certificate three years ago, this updated version is key in safeguarding sensitive information and required for Playson to hold its existing licences in valuable regulated markets.

This latest development coincides with Playson’s plans to further extend its outreach across a number of regions over the next 12 months, paving the way for the supplier to enter new jurisdictions in a more streamlined way.

The accreditation was awarded by Quinel and recognises the provider’s adherence in aligning with the standards that the International Organisation for Standardisation sets, demonstrating its ability to mitigate any information security risks whilst meeting all necessary legal and regulatory requirements.

The 2022 version includes updates and revisions to better address contemporary information security risks and challenges, such as those related to cloud computing, remote working, and emerging technologies. It provides organisations with a framework for implementing and managing an effective information security management system (ISMS) to protect their sensitive information assets.

Vsevolod Lapin, Deputy CEO at Playson, said: “The transition to ISO 2022 is welcome news for the business, and shows our continued dedication to compliance and regulation. Partners can rest assured of Playson’s heightened security measures and adherence to international standards with us acquiring this certificate.

“Greece, Ontario and Sweden are vital territories for Playson, with this certification also necessary for the Swiss market, and I expect the ISO 2022 to be required for more jurisdictions in the future, so this recognition has been received at a good time as we look to strengthen our global standing.”

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