FTC Consumer Protection Alert: FTC Closes Blogger Marketing Investigation


In a previous Client Alert, we noted that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s new Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising contain numerous provisions that apply to messages in social media, such as blogs, word-of-mouth marketing, and other promotions in which companies encourage consumers to speak on their behalf. Among other things, the Guides require bloggers to disclose if they have received a gift from, or have any other material connection to, a company whose products they write about. Although the companies themselves may be liable if bloggers fail to make the required disclosures, the FTC has suggested that the Commission would not hold a company liable if the company instructs bloggers about their requirements and takes steps to ensure the bloggers comply.

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