28 March 2018: The Financial Times is among the first news organisations to be accredited by the Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards (JICWEBS) for its commitment to brand safety and online ad fraud.
FT chief commercial officer Jon Slade said: “We have been working to ensure our policies and processes are transparent and in line with industry standards. This accreditation signifies our ongoing commitment to brand safety and to reducing the risk of exposure to ad fraud.”
The Financial Times published its Commercial Charter in March last year to publicly define how it transacts with advertisers and promotes transparent practices more widely. The FT was one of the first news organisations to adopt ads.txt, the Interactive Advertising Bureau Tech Lab’s tool created to help publishers combat ad fraud.
The FT also publicly warned advertisers last year after discovering high levels of domain spoofing occurring against its site.
JICWEBS was created by the media industry to ensure an independent set of standards were developed for measuring online performance and benchmarking best practice for online ad trading.
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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT marks 130 years in 2018 with a record paying readership of more than 910,000. The FT is now a majority digital content business, with digital subscriptions up 10 percent to 714,000, representing more than three-quarters of the total paying audience. Content revenues represent almost two-thirds of total revenues, double the share of five years ago.