Topic: deceptive ads

Type Jerked Around Consumers, FTC Says Site secretly grabbed personal information from Facebook to create profiles

How's this for an online racket? Surreptitiously grab information from Facebook to create tens of millions of profiles labeling people a "jerk" or "not a jerk" and then charge people…

April 7, 2014, 1:54 PM EDT

FTC Busts ADT for Failing to Disclose Paid Endorsers Spokepeople posed as independent experts

ADT's on-air "independent" experts have set off all kinds of alarms at the Federal Trade Commission, which found that the home security company failed to disclose that the experts, which…

March 6, 2014, 6:21 PM EST

FTC Says 'No Way' to Nissan Frontier-Pushing Dune Buggy Ad Settlement should serve as a wake-up call to creative shops

"Man, no way, are you kidding?" That line of copy, uttered by a tank-topped dude in a Nissan Frontier ad, pretty much sums up the Federal Trade Commission's take on the…

January 23, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

Could the FTC Go After Publishers for Carrying Deceptive Ads? To what extent is media expected to interpret?

After the Federal Trade Commission’s hammer came down earlier this month on deceptive weight-loss aids, settling with Sensa and others for a record $34 million and updating its 10-year-old media…

January 19, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

FTC Puts the Brakes on Deceptive Car Dealer Ads in Broad Enforcement Sweep Sellers buried real prices and terms in the fine print

Local car ads have never been known for their subtlety. But screaming salespeople and crappy graphics don't give dealers permission to bury onerous terms in the fine print. Ten car…

January 9, 2014, 1:26 PM EST

FTC Puts Media on Notice Over Deceptive Weight-Loss Ads 'Gut Check' targets major outlets

The Federal Trade Commission has put the advertising media on notice, launching a program called “gut check” to enlist them to spot bogus claims and reject deceptive weight-loss ads. The new…

January 7, 2014, 12:06 PM EST