Friday August 05, 2016

FTC To Crack Down On Paid Celebrity Social Media Posts

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on sponsored posts from celebrities on social media. I'll bet you money the celebs will find a loophole or workaround the minute the new rules are in place.

The agency will be putting the onus on the advertisers to make sure they comply, according to Michael Ostheimer, a deputy in the FTC’s Ad Practices Division. It's a move that could make the posts seem less authentic, reducing their impact. "We’ve been interested in deceptive endorsements for decades and this is a new way in which they are appearing," he said. "We believe consumers put stock in endorsements and we want to make sure they are not being deceived."