The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it has sent out 90 letters to celebrities, athletes, and other amicable media stars warning them that they need to clearly uncover when an Instagram post was sponsored by a brand.
This is a initial time a FTC has reached out directly to amicable media stars though it didn’t divulge a list of people it contacted.
In a matter a FTC said: “In further to providing credentials information on when and how marketers and influencers should divulge a element tie in an advertisement, a letters any addressed one indicate specific to Instagram posts – consumers observation Instagram posts on mobile inclination typically see usually a initial 3 lines of a longer post unless they click ‘more,’ that many might not do.”
The letters forked out that a series of posts used hashtags, such as #sp or #partner, that might not be accepted by consumers to appropriate an ad. The regulatory physique has a set of rules, which conclude how sponsored calm should be highlighted.
This isn’t a initial time a FTC has put out a warning about sponsored calm that hasn’t been scrupulously disclosed on on Instagram. In Mar 2016 it filed a censure opposite wardrobe code Lord Taylor, that sent out dresses to 50 conform influencers and paid them to take photos wearing them. It has a energy to levy financial punishments as it did with Warner Bros. in Jul 2016, when it found a media association paid amicable media influencers, including PewDiePie, though didn’t force them to divulge that they had been paid.
A hunt on Instagram for a #sp hashtag yielded over 10 million results, with many posts carrying a hashtag during a finish of a description.
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#UniqloSG #MagicForAll #sp
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Celebrities, like Kendall Jenner, came underneath glow in August 2016 after a non-profit classification Truth in Advertising found over 100 posts that had no mentions of them being paid for.
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