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Acting on Facebook Referral, FTC Gets Federal Court to Shut Down Scam Support Outfit Pairsys - Posted October 27, 2014
Acting on a referral from Facebook, the Federal Trade Commission announced Friday that at the commission's requ... [AllFacebook]

The FTC Will Take 'False Advertising' for $18 Million, Alex - Posted October 14, 2014
You can never be too sure when becoming a celebrity spokesperson. Your name is your reputation, and no group of people is more aware of that than movie and TV stars. The value of said name is the only reason we see people we know shilling for something they probably never use... [PRNewser]

EC Approves Facebook's WhatsApp Acquisition - Posted October 3, 2014
Confirming last week's predictions, the ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Promises Revamped Research Policies - Posted October 2, 2014
Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer issued the social network's strongest response to date to the controversy over a ... [AllFacebook]

REPORT: EU to Approve Facebook-WhatsApp Deal - Posted September 25, 2014
The European Union will announce its unconditional regulatory appro... [AllFacebook]

Privacy Groups Take Aim at Facebook's Tracking of Users' Outside Browsing - Posted July 29, 2014
Facebook's announcement last month that it wi... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Extends Deadline for Closing Acquisition of WhatsApp by One Year - Posted July 28, 2014
Facebook announced in its Form 10-Q filing with the ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook's Oculus VR Acquisition Is Now Official - Posted July 21, 2014
Facebook's virtual reality transaction is now an actual reality, as the social network and immersive virtual reality technology company ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook's Controversial News Feed Emotions Study Draws Washington's Attention - Posted July 10, 2014
A study Facebook conducted in 2012, along with ... [AllFacebook]

T-Mobile's Reputation Could Take a Big Hit From FTC Allegations About Fake Fees - Posted July 3, 2014
T-Mobile has fashioned an entire marketing campaign around the benefits to customers for making the switch to their services, promising to pay up to ... [AgencySpy]

T-Mobile's Reputation Could Take a Big Hit From FTC Allegations About Fake Fees - Posted July 3, 2014
T-Mobile has fashioned an entire marketing campaign around the benefits to customers for making the switch to their services, promising to pay up to ... [PRNewser]

Facebook Urges Ninth U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals To Uphold Sponsored Stories Settlement - Posted June 3, 2014
Facebook urged the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Ap... [AllFacebook]

Snapchat Admits That It Made Up All That 'Privacy' Stuff - Posted May 8, 2014
We've known for some time that Snapchat's privacy claims don't quite add up, and today the network and the Federal Trade Commission have reached an agreement o... [PRNewser]

Facebook's Oculus VR Deal Gets OK From FTC - Posted April 23, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission approved Facebook's ... [AllFacebook]

FTC Officially Approves Facebook's Acquisition Of WhatsApp, With Stern Warning - Posted April 10, 2014
As previously speculated, the ... [AllFacebook]

REPORT: FTC To OK Facebook-WhatsApp Deal - Posted April 9, 2014
The New York Post is reporting that the ... [AllFacebook]

FTC Goes After Jerk.com For Unauthorized Use Of Facebook Users' Personal Data - Posted April 8, 2014
Calling someone a jerk is rude to start off with, but launching a since-shuttered website that collected personal inform... [AllFacebook]

Privacy Groups Respond To WhatsApp Founder/CEO Jan Koum's Blog Post With Updated FTC Filing - Posted March 21, 2014
The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy -- which filed a ... [AllFacebook]

Izea Opens Doors To Sponsorship Marketplace - Posted March 17, 2014
Social-sponsorship outfit Izea announced the debut of its ... [AllFacebook]

Privacy Groups File FTC Complaint Vs. Facebook-WhatsApp Deal - Posted March 6, 2014
Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, announced last month, became the ta... [AllFacebook]

The FTC Doesn't Understand Native Advertising, Either - Posted December 5, 2013
"A conspiracy of deception. A hustle. A racket. A grift." And other kind words for native advertising: http://t.co/BGFOAaIfeB h/t @raju -- Margaret Sullivan (@S... [PRNewser]

Why Facebook Users Complain To The FTC - Posted October 29, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission received 1,655 complaints about Facebook in 2012 -- down from 2,171... [AllFacebook]

Sheryl Sandberg Is Washington, D.C.-Bound - Posted October 15, 2013
Following Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's trip to Washington, D.C., last month, it's Chief Operatin... [AllFacebook]

Public Health, Youth, Consumer Groups Urge FTC To Examine Facebook's Policy Changes - Posted September 17, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission is getting another earful about the update to Facebook's ... [AllFacebook]

Markey Fired Up Over Facebook Privacy Changes - Posted September 12, 2013
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is concerned over the ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Re-Examining Its Privacy Changes; Delays Their Implementation - Posted September 6, 2013
Responding to criticism of the ... [AllFacebook]

Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Privacy Policy | Salesforce Files - Posted September 6, 2013
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly]  Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Privacy Groups Pan Facebook's Site-Governance Changes In Letter To FTC - Posted September 5, 2013
The changes Facebook announced last week to its data use policy and statem... [AllFacebook]

FTC to Review Anheuser-Busch's Claims that Coors Light Cans Have Been Overhyped - Posted August 14, 2013
Ever feel like advertisers are just corporate versions of children who fight on the playground and then whine to the teacher about who broke the rules or who hit who first? Stories like this sometimes make us wonder if the FTC feels like it's managing a classroom full of brawling kinderg... [PRNewser]

FTC: Search Engines Aren't Doing Enough to Differentiate Ads From Organic Results - Posted June 25, 2013
The FTC published a letter today that it sent yesterday to search engine companies, warning them that they were not adequately complying with its rules on differentiating paid search advertisements and organic search results. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Colin Stretch Promoted To Succeed Ted Ullyot As Facebook VP/General Counsel - Posted June 20, 2013
Facebook named its successor to outgoing Vice President and General Counsel ... [AllFacebook]

Mobile Marketing Commands a Third of Total Digital Spend, and Google Takes the Lion's Share - Posted June 13, 2013
[caption id="attachment_129548" align="alignleft" width="300"] iQoncept / Shutterstock.com[/caption] Mobile marketing is now a $16 billion industry worldwide, of which Google commands more than 55 percent, according to eMarketer's first ever global ... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook Offers Best Practices For Mobile Developers To Thwart Security Threats - Posted June 6, 2013
Facebook participated in the Federal Trade... [AllFacebook]

EU Commissioner Not Satisfied With Google's Move to Label Search Results - Posted May 28, 2013
The European market trial of Google's search engine that identify results that point to other Google products will be extended a month and will likely... [SocialTimes.com]

Will Google and the FTC Go In for a Rematch? - Posted May 23, 2013
The FTC is reportedly investigating Google for anti-competitive actions in the $9.64-billion U.S. display advertising market. An inquiry in display advertising might look initially like more of a ... [SocialTimes.com]

Some Data Brokers Are Willing Sell Information Illegally, FTC Warns - Posted May 7, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission has warned ten data broker companies that their practices may violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act after a secret-shopping operation revealed that the companies were willing to sell consumer data without verifying consumer iden... [SocialTimes.com]

Tech Companies Ramp Up Fight Against Patent Trolls - Posted April 5, 2013
Google, BlackBerry, Earthlink and Red Hat today petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on companies whose chief business is enforcing patents. The move came one day after cloud host Rackspace announced that it was suing one such pa... [SocialTimes.com]

Parenting in the Age of the Mobile Phone: Infographic - Posted March 28, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission recently put out new rules for app developers whose apps may be used by children. Today, the commission also put out an infographic advising parents on how to ensure their kids are using apps safely and responsibly. ... [SocialTimes.com]

FTC Warns: If That Tweet Is Sponsored, You Better Say So! - Posted March 19, 2013
Wouldn't it be great to know if that celebrity you follow on Twitter REALLY loves the hair product they're always gushing about or if they're being paid to say so? ... [AllTwitter]

Facebook Will Let Users Know If Ads Were Targeted - Posted February 4, 2013
As Facebook rolls out more and more advertising options, the backlash from users about ad targeting has grown. Facebook aims to solve that, ... [AllFacebook]

America's Most Misleading Product Claims - Posted January 28, 2013
We recently told you about the FTC's crackdown on POM's "wonderful" health claims. But POM is by no means the only player in the how-... [PRNewser]

Debt Collectors Posing As Bikini-Clad Models On Facebook - Posted January 24, 2013
If you're running behind on your bills and suddenly find a friend request on Facebook from an attracti... [AllFacebook]

BOOK REVIEW: 'Facebook Nation: Total Information Awareness' Is A Must - Posted January 15, 2013
Newton Lee's book, Facebook ... [AllFacebook]

EU Will Take Tougher Stance Than U.S. on Google Search Results - Posted January 10, 2013
[caption id="attachment_115750" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jojje / Shutterstock.com[/caption]While the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's investigation into how Google serves up search results went out ... [SocialTimes.com]

Ads Can Now Be Targeted Toward Children Under 13 - Posted December 19, 2012
A change in the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) means that children ... [AllFacebook]

The FTC Hates Robo-Marketing Calls Too! - Posted October 19, 2012
OK, Joe Public, here's your chance. The Federal Trade Commission will issue $50,000 to anyone who can stop robotic marketing calls that are not only illegal, but also constitute crimes against human sanity. As the public well knows, previous efforts to regulate these annoying calls over the years have achieved only limited... [AgencySpy]

Facebook Seeks FTC Clarification On Possible Changes To COPPA - Posted October 1, 2012
Facebook submitted a filing to the ... [AllFacebook]

New Study: Fake 'User' Reviews Are Here to Stay - Posted September 18, 2012
We recently posted a story discussing whether fake 'user' reviews posted to social media and retail sites on behalf of clients could be considered acceptable PR tools. The overwhelming response w... [PRNewser]

Report: 15 Percent Of Social Media Ratings, Reviews, Facebook Likes May Be Fake By 2014 - Posted September 17, 2012
As more consumers rely on social networks for recommendations and ... [AllFacebook]

California Gives Thumbs-Up To Facebook/Instagram Deal - Posted August 29, 2012
The long-awaited acquisition of Instagram by Facebook cleared another major hurdle on Wednesday. The ... [AllFacebook]

Developers Are Contacting The Federal Trade Commission About Twitter - Posted August 24, 2012
Developers are pretty ticked at Twitter about the pending API changes, so ticked in fact that they're contacting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to complain. And we're not talking just one or two developers e... [AllTwitter]

Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook iOS App | Reddit Bus Tour | Twitter Developers - Posted August 24, 2012
 Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

FTC Approves Facebook's Acquisition Of Instagram - Posted August 22, 2012
It's official: Photo-sharing application Instagram is now a Facebook entity. The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that it ... [AllFacebook]

U.K. Office Of Fair Trading Approves Facebook-Instagram Deal - Posted August 14, 2012
Facebook's pending acquisition of photo-sharing application Instagram cleared one hu... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Verified Apps Weren't So Verified - Posted August 13, 2012
When the Federal Trade Commission annou... [AllFacebook]

FTC: Privacy Settlement With Facebook Finalized - Posted August 10, 2012
The privacy settlement between Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission, announced... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Launches Phish@fb.com Email Address To Report Phishing - Posted August 9, 2012
Facebook made it easier for its users to report phishing... [AllFacebook]

U.K. Office Of Fair Trading Investigates Facebook's Acquisition Of Instagram - Posted June 25, 2012
Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of photo-sharing app In... [AllFacebook]

Pom Uses Parts of Judge's Ruling To Defend Health Claims - Posted May 25, 2012
A judge ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission this week, finding that Pom Wonderful, makers of the pomegranate juice in the curvy bottle, made inflated claims about the healthy properties of its ... [AgencySpy]

Pom Uses Parts of Judge's Ruling To Defend Health Claims - Posted May 25, 2012
A judge ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission this week, finding that Pom Wonderful, makers of the pomegranate juice in the curvy bottle, made inflated claims about the healthy properties of its ... [PRNewser]

Facebook's Acquisition Of Instagram Will Likely Not Be Final By Its IPO Date - Posted May 11, 2012
Charging onward to the most gargantuan tech initial public offering of ... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Settles Privacy Case, Says It Made a 'Bunch of Mistakes' - Posted November 29, 2011
Facebook has settled its privacy case with the Federal Trade Commission, which has been ongoing since 2009. The case stems from a change in Facebook's privacy settings that year that made once private info public without warning. The company isn't paying anything as part of the settlement, ... [AgencySpy]

FTC's Reebok Ruling Means You Have to Go to the Gym After All - Posted September 28, 2011
[caption id="attachment_27907" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="Reebok RunTone shoes. Photo: Bill Hogan/Tribune file photo"][/caption] The Federal Trade Commission announced today that Reebok has agreed to a $25 million settlement "to resolve charges that the company deceptively advertised" its EasyTone and RunTone shoes. ... [PRNewser]

CRE Files FTC Petition Regarding Facebook, Twitter, Google - Posted September 6, 2011
Regulatory watchdog the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness is picking up the scent of Facebook, Twitter, and Google, filing a ... [SocialTimes.com]

Ashton Kutcher Cleared, But He Won't Be Getting Any Other Guest Editor Offers - Posted August 19, 2011
That was a close one! The Federal Trade Commission stated via tweet today (are they doing that now?) that Ashton Kutcher will not face an investigation following a guest editing job for Details gone awry. As part of his editorial coverag... [PRNewser]

The Top Consumer Complaint Reported to the FTC in 2010 Was... - Posted March 11, 2011
Identity theft, which topped the Federal Trade Commission's list for the 11th straight year. Out of more than 1.3 million complaints lodged with the FTC in 2010, 19 percent, or 250,854, were about ID theft. Rounding out the top three were debt collection complaints with 11 percent and Internet service issues with... [PRNewser]

Semantic Ad Targeting: FTC Do Not Track Talk May Increase Its Attractiveness, But Hopes Are Agency Proceeds With Caution - Posted December 15, 2010
There's a whole lot of privacy discussion going on at the federal level, with the Federal Trade Commission proposing a Do Not Track browser option. The idea is that consumers could limit cookies or other sniffers that open the door to tracking their browsing behavior for the purpose... [AllTwitter]

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Revised Green Guides - Posted October 6, 2010
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has offered its proposed revisions to the ... [PRNewser]

The FTC Is On A Rampage - Posted September 3, 2010
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission took on misleading iTunes reviews. This week, they've subpoenaed every food company in the U.S. (a... [PRNewser]

PR Firm Settling FTC Charges of Misleading Endorsements - Posted August 26, 2010
PR and marketing firm Reverb Communications will settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission stating that the firm posted reviews for a client on the iTunes store without disclosing that they were written by paid employees. In addition to citing R... [PRNewser]

Peer39: Interview with CEO Amiad Solomon on Semantic Advertising Issues and Opportunities - Posted February 8, 2010
Peer39: Interview with Amiad Solomon Founded in 2006 by an innovative group of scientists and engineers, Peer39 was voted by MIT’s Technology Review as one of the Top Ten Web Startups to Watch in 2008.  Semantic Universe editor Tony Shaw recently spoke with Founder and CEO Amiad Solomon about the company’s innovations,... [semanticweb.com]

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