Apple has been making claims about being the “the world’s fastest, most powerful personal computer” in its advertising, a rather dubious claim.
Well, they can’t do that on British commercial TV (pretty much all non-BBC television) any more.
The agency responsible for regulation has banned such ads due to their dubious accuracy.
Far, far too often these days, people think “freedom of speech” means “the freedom to lie.” Not that people haven’t lied from time immemorial, but only recently have people argued that being required to tell the truth infringes upon their personal freedom.
Recently, in the “other” world, CBS decided to not air a mini-series about the Reagans, and cries of censorship and chilling of artistic freedom filled the air.
Well, sorry, but when you have a very real-life President of the United States saying in a real-life situation, “I am the Antichrist,” without a shred of evidence he ever said or thought such a thing, that’s not artistic freedom. That’s libel.
And no, this is not a political opinion. If someone portrayed Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy as bisexuals to liven up some TV docudrama, the objection remains exactly the same. If you want to portray something as being truthful, you must follow truth’s standards.
It’s a point that needs to be made more often.