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The ad industry's standards body wants help as it considers toughening the requirements to call digital ads "viewable" so they're more comparable with TV and other media.

The Media Rating Council on Tuesday issued a call for research to help gauge what would happen, for example, if it required "viewable" ads to appear on screen in full instead of the current standard of halfway. It also wants to look at "duration weighting," or varying standards above its current 1 second for display ads and 2 seconds for video.

Viewability became a big issue in digital advertising several years ago as marketers realized they were often paying for ads that appeared on screens only fleetingly, partially or not at all. The MRC responded with standards that it described as a "first step."

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