FTC Ruling for Blogger's Earnings & Freebies

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  1. Ellen_C profile image75
    Ellen_Cposted 9 years ago

    I did a hub on this  for those who want more info. Beginning Dec. 1, bloggers have to claim all freebies and revenues earned through promotions product online for a company. There are fines up to $11k. As always, report your earnings but don't forget these additional items.

  2. darkside profile image79
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    FTC to Fine Bloggers up to $11,000 for Not Disclosing Payments

    Bloggers now have up to 11,000 reasons to disclose when they are being paid to review products.

    The FTC has updated its Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising for the first time since 1980, and among the changes, a requirement that “bloggers who make an endorsement must disclose the material connections they share with the seller of the product or service.” Fines for violating the new rule will run up to $11,000 per post.


  3. darkside profile image79
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    Further Hubber discussion on the matter is going on in here: http://hubpages.com/forum/post/417245

    1. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image61
      JYOTI KOTHARIposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Is this applicable in US only or globally?
      Jyoti Kothari

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image80
        Uninvited Writerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        The FTC only has power in the US

        1. mcbean profile image73
          mcbeanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          There have been exceptions to this rule on technicalities.
          New Zealand citizens have been successfully prosecuted under US Law as their website domain was registered in the US (as many are)and was therefore deemed to be acting out of the USA.

  4. getting there profile image78
    getting thereposted 9 years ago

    I spoke with the FTC this morning to clarify how this might affect bloggers, hubbers, etc. who use 3rd party or affiliate advertising such as adsense, ebay Network Partners, Amazon, etc. I wrote a summary of my discussion here: http://hubpages.com/hub/New-FTC-Guideli … l-Bloggers
    I will be very interested in how this all plays out. I'm really curious about how they are going to enforce it. My guess is they probably won't enforce it, unless it is brought to their attention by a complaint or an additional infraction. I just know that the threat of $11,000 per instance is enough to make me want to stay well on the safe side.

  5. theguru-reports profile image58
    theguru-reportsposted 9 years ago

    Never underestimate the power of the government to take money away from you.  Especially now when they are running so much in the red.  The FTC clearly has nothing better to do than taking on bloggers who might make a little money.  Clearly, the public needs protected from the evils of blogging, especially since the sheeple have no ability to figure it out for themselves.

    1. Eric Graudins profile image59
      Eric Graudinsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You obviously aren't aware of the misleading tactics that are used in the fake blog industry.
      (Or heaven forbid - perhaps you endorse them!)

  6. Kelley Eidem profile image51
    Kelley Eidemposted 9 years ago

    The FTC recently lost a case where they had claimed advertisers couldn't include truthful information such as a testimonial that said the product cured someone's arthritis, for example, unless there was also clear and convincing research to back up the individual case history.

    The FTC's response appears to have been to rewrite the regulation, making it even more onerous than before. The disclosure about making earning a fee from a product is just a small part of this new draconian regulation.

    I would imagine that Benjamin Franklin would be rolling over in his grave for publishing a newspaper "Richard's Almanac" while offering his Franklin stoves for sale. Perhaps he also offered his bifocals for sale, promising better vision, too.

    The new reg disallows using testimonials unless the owner can also provide the results of all buyers. This is a preposterous requirement for two reasons:

    1) No company could possibly afford to track all their customers' results with their products.

    2) Customers would not cooperate because they have rights to privacy.

    In other words the regulation is impossible to meet. The regulation will be enforced unevenly, helping their friends and punishing those who are not well connected.

    Rather than being innocent until being proven guilty, this regulation turns the entire sales process on its head and assumes that the seller could possibly be lying or misleading so therefore, we won't allow them to do what has worked well for over 200 years.

    1. darkside profile image79
      darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely nothing you have said here has anything to do with the FTC and bloggers disclosing endorsements.

      This is getting closer. But how do you feel about a newspaper writing public relation fluff pieces for companies? They get paid to do it, but they write it up looking like a legitimate news article instead of an advertisement?

  7. theguru-reports profile image58
    theguru-reportsposted 9 years ago

    Its interesting to see all the comments about the FTC.  This rule is like most of our governmental processes, more about bureaucrats run amok.  Its not different than what broadcast media has been subject to for years at the rule of the FCC.  Its all about disclosure.  Disclose the "behind the curtain information" and you are probably going to be alright.  Attempt to fudge a bit, or forget you got that whatever from someone to write something favorable, and you could get whacked.

    I think the move is probably not legal, and is certainly not constitutional.  Then again, when has that stopped our government these days.  No one is likely to have the wherewithal to take on the FTC, so the rule will go generally unchallenged. 

    Its somewhat like the IRS.  We all know there is no physical way they can check everyone's taxes.  The fear that they might get ours keeps us in line.  Somewhat like Nazi Germany and Hitler I would surmise.


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