FTC Endorsement Guidelines

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Social Links: Google penalizes sites with pop-up ads; proposed Federal legislation to criminalize revenge porn; ad industry group...

Google is cracking down on mobile pop-up ads by knocking down the search-result position of websites that use them. The National Labor Relations Board decided a social media policy that Chipotle had in place for its...more

FTC Acts Against Warner Brothers’ YouTube Promotion Campaign: Disclosure of Affiliation Below the “Fold” Is Not Enough

Last week, the FTC announced an agreement containing a consent order, subject to final approval, resolving its claims against Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. (“Warner Bros.”) for the company’s misleading use of social...more

FTC Continues to Scrutinize Social Media Influencer Programs

This week, as part of its ongoing focus on influencer programs, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled charges against Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, Inc. regarding its use of such a campaign to market the video game...more

Warner Bros.’s “Paid to Play” Disclosures Draw FTC Action

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) went after Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. for not clearly representing that several digital influencers were paid as part of a marketing campaign for the video game...more

Recent FTC Settlements Spotlight Hidden Ways to Hook Unwary Consumer

Brands of all kinds are increasingly using “influencers” or “brand ambassadors” to promote their brand’s products in blog posts and on social media platforms. But no matter whether they are style influencers with a fierce...more

Native Advertising: Recent FTC Cases Require Disclosure of Paid Endorsements on Social Media

Two recent cases by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) demonstrate its position that paid endorsements in social media must be disclosed. These cases reinforce the FTC’s stance on transparency in native advertising, which...more

FTC Complaint Highlights the Need to Disclose Material Connections in Ads

The recent complaint highlights the importance of clearly and conspicuously disclosing material connections between advertisers and paid influencers, including in social media posts or in native ads. ...more

Lord & Taylor Settles with FTC Over Influencer Native Advertising Campaign on Social Media and Online Magazine

We’ve seen native advertising take many forms, from paid celebrity Tweets to advertisements masked as editorial content to paid influencers promoting brands on social media. With a growing number of companies engaging in...more

Reminder – Truthful Advertising Is Not Optional

We blog frequently about new regulatory developments coming from CPSC or FDA and about enforcement actions brought by those federal agencies as well as state counterparts and private plaintiffs. But we don’t very often...more

Top 5 Legal Considerations for FinTech Advertising

The growth and expansion of FinTech service providers nationally and internationally over the last five years is reshaping the financial landscape. This evolution includes differentiation in how financial products are...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 1

Three Steps To Help Ensure The Enforceability Of Your Website’s Terms Of Use - Operators of social media platforms and other websites typically manage their risks by imposing terms of use or terms of service for the...more

Children's Products: An Overview of Advertising Laws and Regulations

Like all businesses, manufacturers and retailers of children's products must comply with advertising laws and regulations. Advertising laws protect consumers by requiring advertisers to be truthful about their products....more

Brain Freeze: Lumosity Settles Charges With FTC Over Ads About Cognitive Health

Lumosity’s online “brain training” program was playing Jedi mind tricks (yes, a Star Wars pun) on consumers according to a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Lumos Labs, Inc. (Lumosity) and its...more

Serious Games Require Serious Attention to Marketing Statements

Lumos Labs recently paid $2 million to the FTC to settle claims that it deceived consumers about its brain training application’s ability to increase cognitive function. According to the FTC, the company alleged that its...more

Influencer Marketing: Tips for a Successful (and Legal) Advertising Campaign

In an age of explosive growth for social media and declining TV viewership numbers, companies are partnering with so-called “influencers” to help the companies grow their brands. Popular users of Instagram, Vine, YouTube and...more

Instagram and the #FreeLunch: FTC Guidelines on Social Media Endorsements

With Thanksgiving behind us and the holiday season in full swing, many of us will be dining out at local restaurants and picking up sumptuous desserts to bring to dinner parties. Looking for restaurant and bakery...more

Are Your Company’s Social Media #Sweepstakes FTC Compliant?

Social media contests and sweepstakes have gone viral. They have not only caught the attention of consumers nationwide, they have caught the attention of the Federal Trade Commission....more

Health Update - November 2015

Best Practices for Using Social Media in Healthcare: Maximizing Impact, Mitigating Risk - Editor's note: In a generation more likely to seek health information online than see a doctor, social media is playing an...more

New FTC Guidelines for Promoting Products on Social Media

Social media can be used in a multitude of ways for savvy brands to promote their products. They can loan out a new phone, provide free access to an app, provide free products, etc., in exchange for publicity on social media....more

#ILoveThisProduct!

In a world where people go online to tell friends and strangers alike how they feel about everything from their newest mobile device to a restaurant down the street, it’s tough to know why opinions are shared in social media....more

Game Over: Popular Multi-Channel Network Settles FTC Complaint for Paid Endorsement Videos

September 8, 2015 On September 2, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its first settlement with an online video marketer over an alleged failure to disclose paid endorsements. The FTC settled with Machinima,...more

Machinima Settles FTC Enforcement Action Over Xbox One Endorsements

On September 2, 2015, the FTC announced that it had settled its complaint against a California-based online entertainment network – Machinima, Inc. – for engaging in an allegedly deceptive advertising campaign to promote the...more

Online entertainment network Machinima settles with FTC

California based Machinima, an online entertainment network that promoted Xbox One, has settled an investigation with the FTC surrounding its advertising practices. The FTC alleged that Machinima paid “influencers” to post...more

FTC’s social media product endorsement guidelines

Back in 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its ‘Endorsement Guides’ and followed up with an informal publication called “What People are Asking” to clarify some of the guides points. In May 2015, the FTC updated...more

New FTC Guidelines for Promoting Products on Social Media

Social media can be used in a multitude of ways for savvy brands to promote their products. A popular approach is providing “celebrity bloggers” with free or discounted items in exchange for a picture, post, tweet or...more

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