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Your newest Instagram follower, the FTC: Agency reminds endorsers and marketers to #disclose with over 90 warning letters

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reminded celebrities, social media influencers, and marketers that failing to disclose material connections to the products they endorse is #notokay. Please see full Publication below...more

5 Key Takeaways: Retail & Consumer Goods Industry Team Presentation “In the Trenches with Social Media”

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Retail & Consumer Goods Team presented a webinar In the Trenches with Social Media, focusing on risk mitigation and solutions. Led by Barry M. Benjamin, partner in the firm’s New York office and chair of...more

FTC Trains Its Sights on Social Media Influencers

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) has contacted, and questioned the product endorsement practices of, dozens of social media influencers – individuals who are powerful, popular and...more

Brands Beware!!!! FTC Scrutinizing Influencer Posts for Compliance with Endorsement Guides

In response to a petition from a coalition of consumer groups last year complaining about the need for disclosures by social media influencers, the FTC recently announced on April 19, 2017 that it had issued more than ninety...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #3

Amazon, FTC Reach Deal Over In-App Charges - Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to drop their appeals in a lawsuit accusing the online retailer of billing consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred...more

Influencers and Advertisers Warned By FTC Over Instagram Posts

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that it sent more than 90 letters to social media influencers and advertisers, reiterating the need for influencers to “clearly and conspicuously” disclose their...more

FTC Staff Reminds Brands and Influencers About Disclosure Requirements

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In November, we posted that four consumer groups had sent letters to FTC, encouraging the agency to investigate and bring enforcement actions regarding the use of influencers on Instagram. In what may be a response to that...more

#ShowMeTheMoney: Sofia Vergara’s Settlement of Social Media False Endorsement Lawsuit Highlights Modern Legal Issue

Last month, Sofia Vergara, star of ABC’s Modern Family, reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the actress against beauty company Venus Concept for alleged improper use of her likeness on television and in social media,...more

Internet Vino Veritas: Rules and Guidelines for Social Media Efforts Related to Alcohol Sales

Every day, businesses extend more of their services to the internet in an effort to cater to millennials and upcoming generations of consumers. Those in the wine industry are no exception. Though somewhat slow to adopt online...more

Influencer Marketing: Best Practices for Advertisers & Agencies

Influencer marketing saw explosive growth in 2016, with 86% of marketers having used the tactic, 94% of whom found it effective. In 2016, most marketers spent between $25,000 to $50,000 per influencer marketing program, which...more

Influencer Marketing: The FTC's Evolving Policies on Paid Promotion Disclosure

Rapid Growth of Influencer Marketing - With more consumers cutting the cord to their TVs and paying for premium subscriptions or ad blockers to avoid advertising, social media has become an important medium through which...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #3

NAD Inquiry Results in Modified Celebrity Endorsements - As a result of an inquiry by the National Advertising Division, celebrity endorsements of FitTea were revised to better disclose material connections. The...more

Using Hashtag #Disclosures in Social Media Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has been cracking down on brands for paying Instagram users to endorse their products or to share brand content without disclosing the relationship. Indeed, the recent settlements entered...more

2016: Our Greatest Hits

Last year we explained how companies could protect their social media currency and heed the FTC’s warning on native advertising. We examined court opinions establishing the criteria for enforceable website terms of use and...more

2017: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

The beginning of a new year is a time for resolutions and predictions. We won’t bother Socially Aware readers with our resolutions for 2017, but we thought that we would share some predictions for the new year from our...more

Top 10 Litigation Risks and Trends for Retailers

by Perkins Coie on

With the 2016 holiday shopping season in full swing, the risk of litigation heightens for retailers. We created our own version of a “holiday list” to identify the top-10 risk areas where retailers may be vulnerable to claims...more

Groups Renew Call for FTC to Act on Influencer Campaigns

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In September, we noted that four groups – Public Citizen, Commercial Alert, the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, and the Center for Digital Democracy – had sent a joint letter to FTC encouraging the agency to...more

The FTC's Crackdown on Social Media #Ads

by Nossaman LLP on

In the ongoing effort to reach the hearts and minds of consumers, brands are increasingly looking beyond the traditional media outlets of radio, print and television. The recent meteoric rise and diversity of social media...more

Health Update - October 2016

Defining and Resolving the Provider Data Dilemma - Editor’s Note: Provider data drives the most fundamental processes in the healthcare system. Inaccurate provider data puts patient care and billions of dollars at risk....more

Paid Celebrity Endorsements in Social Media: The FTC Is Watching

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

How much trust do you place in celebrities who endorse products on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube? Do you stop to consider whether they are compensated for their efforts...more

Advertising Law - September 2016 #4

CARU: Sponsored Videos Need Clear, Prominent Audio Disclosures - Taking a stand on social media influencers and the “unboxing” video trend, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) recommended that popular YouTube...more

Regulators and Industry Thought Leaders Discuss Issues in Social Media Advertising - Highlights from "The FTC, Native Advertising...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Holland & Knight and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) on Sept. 21, 2016, held an informative, half-day seminar featuring presentations and a panel discussion of trends and forefront regulatory compliance issues...more

Marketing your brand with influencers? Make sure the FTC hits the “Like” button

Brand owners and their attorneys are grappling with an important question: how to disclose their connections to luminaries like PewDiePie. If you haven't heard of PewDiePie, don't worry—he's a 26-year old Swedish...more

To (Dis)Close for Comfort–FTC Workshop Seeks Effective Consumer Disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A goal of providing effective disclosures to consumers is to allow consumers to make informed decisions. But what must be done to make disclosures effective? This was the question the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explored...more

FTC Cracking Down on Influencer Marketers and Their Clients

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

In recent months, the media has been reporting on increased regulatory activity involving the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) and the sellers that hire non-compliant influencer marketers. What can...more

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