Restricted Ad Content and Control
To provide our buyers with maximum access to the most premium inventory, Oath Ad Platforms SSP must be vigilant and progressive with our policies regarding creative enforcement and ad quality.
The Oath Ad Platforms SSP offers brand safety and ad quality controls. Failure to comply with the policies outlined below will result in monetary penalties, the suspension of your account and/or removal from the Marketplace as indicated in the Terms of Service.
If at any time you have questions about any of our creative ad restrictions or policy guidelines, please contact your Demand Services Manager or submit a request for help.
Prohibited Content (by IAB Category)
Buyers must never serve ads which contain the following content:
- Violence and hate
- Adult and/or sexual products and services
- Drugs and drug paraphernalia
- Weapons and weapon accessories
- Tobacco and tobacco accessories
Buyers on Oath Ad Platforms SSP must never serve ads that fall into the following IAB or custom categories:
|IAB25-1||Un-moderated UGC||IAB-26||Illegal Content|
|IAB25-2||Extreme Graphic/Explicit Violence||IAB26-1||Illegal Content|
|IAB25-5||Hate Content||IAB26-4||Copyright Infringement|
Category blocks are always passed in the “bcat” field of the bid request. Example: IAB24 and IAB 25-5. Refer to the IAB OpenRTB spec for additional details.
Prohibited Ad Behavior
Buyers must never serve ads or creatives with the following attributes:
- Auto-redirect ads – automatically redirect the user without their engagement or direct action (e.g. click, touch)
- Deceptive ads resembling user interface elements (e.g. text boxes) - these ads do not ask the user for permission before initiating services and/or fees. Includes click-to-call and click-to-subscribe ads that do not include an intermediary land page or other prompt that clearly explains the terms and/or fees associated with the call or subscription.
- Deceptive ads that circumvent or interfere (or attempt to circumvent or interfere) with advertising operations - including but not limited to creative scanning. For example, cloaking ad content or ad behavior to avoid detection by quality controls.
Restrictions by Publishers
IAB Category Blocking
Many premium publishers use the Oath Ad Platforms SSP to share their mobile content. Some of those publishers may require blocking of the content categories listed below.
We expect all bidders to correctly classify all of their ads into the IAB categories. Additionally, buyers are not to serve ads that have been classified with blocked categories. Serving is permitted if the publisher does not have a block in place.
|IAB or NEX #||Description||IAB or NEX #||Description|
|IAB3-7||Government||NEX9-107||Surveys & Quizzes|
|IAB6-7||Pregnancy||IAB-11||Law, Gov't & Politics|
|IAB7-41||Smoking Cessation||IAB11-2||Legal Issues|
|IAB8-18||Wine||IAB13-2||Credit/Debt & Loans|
|NEX9-104||Content Downloads & Subscriptions||NEX20-101||Resort & Casino|
|NEX9-105||Casino Games||IAB22-1||Contests & Freebies|
A number of our premium publishers may require the blocking of ads using attributes as outlined in the IAB OpenRTB spec. If a bid request contains any of the blocked attributes listed in the table below, buyers should not serve ads containing those attributes. Serving ads is permitted if the publisher does not have a block request in place for these attributes.
|1||Audio Ad (Auto Play)|
|2||Audio Ad (User Initiated)|
|4||Expandable (User Initiated - Click)|
|5||Expandable (User Initiated - Rollover)|
|6||In-Banner Video Ad (Auto Play)|
|7||In-Banner Video Ad (User Initiated)|
|8||Provocative or Suggestive Imagery|
|9||Shaky, Flashing, Flickering, Extreme Animation, Smileys|
|12||User Interactive (e.g., Embedded Games)|
|13||Windows Dialog or Alert Style|
|14||Has audio on/off button|
|15||Ad can be skipped (e.g., skip button on preroll video)|
These blocks are always passed in the bid requests within the “battr” field as an array of integers. Refer to the IAB OpenRTB spec for additional details.
At our sole discretion, Oath may terminate your access to the Oath Ad Platforms SSP for any policy violations. In addition, we may use other legal or contractual remedies, as well as assess a surcharge for any such violation. If Oath assesses a surcharge, reasonable discretion will be used to determine the amount, taking into account the nature of the violation, the additional work or expense incurred by Oath in dealing with the violation, and the harm done to Oath's reputation and/or to other Oath clients.