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FTC Steps Up Scrutiny of Social Media Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled its first-ever complaint against social media influencers for deceptive endorsements. According to the FTC’s complaint, Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, two...more

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Internet technology has slowly grown to rival and in some cases supplant traditional broadcast news sources. In the wake of this sea change, long-established certitudes about the role played by media providers are being...more

Instagram Expands its Influencer Tool, but is it Enough?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In June, we posted that Instagram users would start seeing a new “Paid partnership with” tag on certain posts. The company explained that this was part of a tool designed to “help creators more clearly communicate to their...more

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Come On Down! It’s always been about those commercials. Former waterbed salesman Bob Kaufman built a discount furniture empire. It expanded outward from a single Connecticut warehouse in the early 1990s to reach more...more

Building a Health App? Part 4: Avoiding an FTC Enforcement Action

The market for apps designed to improve health and wellness or even to diagnose and treat medical conditions continues to grow. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved a new smartphone-based “carbon...more

FTC Provides Guidance to Social Media Influencers in Live Twitter Chat

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Influencer marketing is the popular practice of using individuals with large social media audiences—known as "influencers"—to advertise products and services through their social media accounts....more

Paid to Post? #FTCAdvice for Influencers

In our previous blog post, “#CAUTION: FTC Ramps Up Enforcement of and Education on Social Media Influencer Disclosure Requirements,” we discussed a recent Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) settlement and the FTC’s...more

What Does Tweeeeeting Mean for Advertisers?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

This week, the news broke that tweets are likely getting longer. Twitter plans to extend the maximum length of a tweet from 140 to 280 characters, and has already rolled this feature out to selected users. What are the...more

FTC Takes Action Against Individual Social Media Influencers

by BakerHostetler on

Advertisers’ and brands’ use of social media influencers has continued to grow in importance as brands seek to reach new consumers while marketing to a widespread demographic. Traditionally, influencers are known as people...more

Alert: FTC Gives New Guidance on Paid Social Media Influencers

by Cooley LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission has recently updated guidance on the use of endorsements in The FTC's Endorsement Guides: What People Are Asking, which address the use of social media and paid influencers to promote companies...more

The FTC, Like, Revises Its Social Media Endorsement Guides, Bruh!

This month, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a revised version of “Endorsement Guides: What People Are Asking,” a series of questions and answers pertaining to the conduct of “influencers,” that is, anyone who...more

Social Links: Social media influencers earn big bucks for endorsements, while the FTC settles a suit against influencers; European...

In 2016, brands spent $570 million on social influencer endorsements on Instagram alone. This recode article takes a looks at how much influencers with certain followings can command, and whether they’re worth the investment....more

FTC Makes New Strides in Social Media Influencer Space with Settlement, Warnings, and Guidance

by Reed Smith on

This month, online gaming social media influencers Trevor Martin and Thomas Cassell settled the Federal Trade Commission’s first charges against individual failure to disclose material information in social media...more

FTC Takes Hard Line on Social Media Endorsements: Disclose, Disclose, Disclose... (It Matters Given Growing Reliance on Social...

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has unequivocally signaled this month that compliant endorsements on social media remain a high priority for this US consumer protection agency because endorsements carry weight and affect...more

FTC Settles Social Media Influencer Investigation With CSGO Lotto

On Sept. 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made public its settlement with YouTubers Trevor “TmarTn” Martin, Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell and their company CSGOLotto, Inc. (“Respondents”), over allegations of multiple...more

Influencing the Influencers: FTC Updates Its Endorsement Guide FAQs

On Sept. 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its answers to a series of frequently asked questions, in its “Endorsement Guides: What People Are Asking” (the “Updated FAQs”), about its “Guides Concerning the...more

FTC Remains Focused on Social Media Influencer Practices

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission) pursued enforcement action against a number of social media influencers over the influencers’ alleged failures to disclose material connections between...more

FTC Takes Action Against Social Media Influencers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Yesterday morning, the FTC announced that it had reached a settlement in its first-ever complaint against individual social media influencers and that it had sent warning letters to other prominent influencers. In addition,...more

Just Push the Button! Instagram’s Response to Influencers, Hashtags and Disclosures

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In April, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), after reviewing Instagram posts by celebrities, athletes, and social media influencers, issued 90 letters reminding influencers and marketers about the FTC’s requirements that...more

#FTCcrackdown: What Brands Need to Know about Using Influencers to Advertise their Products

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Social media influencers have become one of the most effective channels for companies to reach and engage with their target market online. So far in 2017, marketers have spent over $1 billion to have influencers post...more

A Deeper Dive Into the FTC Crack-Down on Social Media Influencers: What You Should Know Before You Post

In our previous blog post, “Brands Beware!!! FTC Scrutinizing Influencer Posts for Compliance with Endorsement Guides,” we reported that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) had issued more than 90 letters to brands and...more

Augmented and virtual reality - emerging legal implications of "The Final Platform"

by Reed Smith on

In August 2015, Time Magazine declared that Virtual Realty (“VR”) was about to change the world. A year earlier, Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2.3 billion signalling the impact of what Oculus founder Palmer Luckey referred...more

#Sponsored – FTC Warns Social Media Influencers to Clearly Disclose Material Connections

Kim Kardashian touting weight-loss teas. Tom Brady plugging Aston Martin. Jennifer Aniston shilling SmartWater. In this time of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and countless other social media platforms, it can...more

MarkIt to Market® | May 2017

The May 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® discusses social media influencers' disclosure of material connections, business transfer clauses, and lists the new gTLD Sunrise periods. Please see full Newsletter...more

Endorsement Disclosures on the Front Burner Again at the FTC

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last week, the FTC announced a Complaint and proposed settlement with two trampoline sellers, brothers Sonny and Bobby Le. The Les sold Infinity and Olympus Pro brand trampolines through three websites that touted...more

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