Church of Scientology TV advert banned for misleading claim it gave aid to millions - 2016-03-02
A TV advert for the Church of Scientology has been banned for misleading viewers over claims it gives aid to tens of millions of people. An on-screen text during the commercial claimed the organisation "works with volunteers from many faiths to help people" and that it was involved in "giving aid to 24 million in times of need".
The advertisement also showed images of Scientology volunteers carrying a person on a stretcher and another with a stethoscope around her neck while holding a baby.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received a complaint about the promotion challenging whether the number of people it helped could be substantiated and whether the advert was misleading.